Skip to comments.Allen Denies College Use of Racial Slur
Posted on 09/25/2006 11:58:18 AM PDT by freespirited
Sen. George Allen on Monday denounced as "ludicrously false" claims from a former college football teammate that he frequently used a racial slur to refer to black people.
Dr. Ken Shelton, now a radiologist in Hendersonville, N.C., also alleges that Allen, a former University of Virginia quarterback, once stuffed the severed head of a deer into a black household's oversized mail box.
In an Associated Press interview Monday, Allen vehemently denied the allegations Shelton made in an article published Sunday in the online magazine Salon.com and an AP interview Sunday night. His campaign released statements from four other ex-teammates defending Allen and rejecting Shelton's claims.
"The story and his comments and assertions in there are completely false," Allen said during an interview with AP reporters and editors. "I don't remember ever using that word and it is absolutely false that that was ever part of my vocabulary."
Questions about racial insensitivity have dogged the Republican throughout his re-election bid against Democrat Jim Webb. His use of the word "macaca" in referring to a Webb campaign volunteer of Indian descent in August prompted an outcry. The word denotes a genus of monkeys and, in some cultures, is considered an ethnic slur.
Shelton, a tight end and wide receiver for the Cavaliers in the early 1970s, said Allen used the N-word only around white teammates.
During a deer hunt with Allen in the early 1970s, Shelton said, Allen asked whether black families lived in the area before stuffing a female deer's head into the mail box of a black household.
"George insisted on taking the severed head, and I was a little shocked by that," Shelton said.
"This was just after the movie "The Godfather" came out with the severed horse's head in the bed," Shelton told the AP.
Doug Jones, who said he roomed with Shelton at Virginia, said in a statement that he never saw or heard anything from Allen that supports Shelton's claims.
"I never heard George Allen use any racially disparaging word nor did I ever witness or hear about him acting in a racially insensitive manner," Jones said.
The point is this: Where, oh where, has Dr. Shelton been during all of the past elections involving George Allen?
You are quite right, though; if this action so offended Dr. Shelton, why did he not mention it during all of George Allen's other elections?
This is an organized hit job 'cause the Dems in VA hate George Allen's guts because he stands with the president on the war on terror.
this is nothing more than a fabricated incident (or set of incidents). im very curious about this Dr. salon is slime for printing such a BS story on a good senator. george allen is a good dude.
Shelton has previously donated money to Rat candidates. Source:
The vast left wing conspiracy is at it again. Why is this the first this Shelton loser is mentioning this after Allen twice ran for governor and for the senate in 2000? A total bunch of b.s. by a Democratic smear machine that will stop at nothing to win congressional control in November. Allen should sue Shelton and the DNC for slander.
Sheltons brain must be poisoned by radiation, or he is overly partaking in the Hendersonville area famed moon shine
Would a deer's head, esp. if it had horns, really fit into a standard mailbox? And how would Allen have known the people who lived there were black if he wasn't even from the area? This is such a smear.
OK now George. That is all that needs to be said. Now STFU about it.
If you opened your mailbox one day and found that someone had stuffed a deer head in it, wouldn't you maybe tell someone about it, such as the police?
Who is Ken Shelton?
This man is SOOO evil he probably shot a doe or Bambi.
If the man will spend week after week of apologies as he has been doing what will he do legistlatively to prove he's not a racist>
Im also afraid the Pope may fall into this same situation.
The left wants VA real bad.
Yep, they smell blood--and will pull out all the stops to get him now.
I wonder what's the over-under for this being front page news in the Washington Post tomorrow?
I think the police would say to call Animal Control, and I doubt they would have 35 year old records.
I still find this allegation very hard to believe. However, I will defer to the deer hunters as to how likely it is that a deer head would fit into a roadside mailbox.
Why would you have posted those remarks? What do they have to do with the latest attacks on Senator Allen?
ping a ding ding
I suspect the Dems were saving a lot of this manufactured dirt for 2008 in cae Allen win the GOP nomination for president. I was telling people months ago that Allen would never be president because the Democrats had a few truths like the confederate flag hanging in his office, and would simply make up the rest. Now that they think they might have a shot at knocking him out of the Senate, all of a sudden they bring out this stuff. Webb's campaign is being run by some nasty pieces of work who learned at the feet of Chris Lehane in the Gore and Kerry campaigns.