WASHINGTON — A former football teammate of Sen. George Allen decided Friday to go on the record with recollections of the Virginia Republican’s alleged racist behavior during college.
Edward J. Sabornie, a special education professor at North Carolina State University, had previously spoken to Salon about Allen’s behavior on the condition of anonymity, because he feared retribution from the Allen campaign. In a Salon story on Sunday, Sabornie was quoted as a “teammate” who remembered Allen using the word “nigger” to describe blacks. “It was so common with George when he was among his white friends. This is the terminology he used,” Sabornie said in that article.
Sabornie said he has now decided to let his name be known because he was upset by how Allen responded this week to the Salon story. “What George said on Monday really kind of inflamed me — that it was ‘ludicrously false’ that he ever used the N-word,” Sabornie told Salon. “I don’t know how George can look himself in the mirror after saying that.” More.
Again, the cover-up is usually worse than the offense. If Senator Allen would have come out and said I didn’t know any better I was a foolish moron in college and I use the “N” word frequently. Subsequently, after graduation, I have grown up. I’ve learned that this world is full of many people and they all deserve to be treated with respect. If Senator Allen was said that, there would’ve been an initial firestorm within a would’ve died down. Instead, this has blown up. In the early 1970s, the South was changing. But there’s one tradition in the South and hasn’t changed, we respect honesty. We despise deceit and lying.