The Washington Post:
NBC 4’s reporter-anchor Craig Melvin is a tall African-American. Which apparently led to this exchange with former Sen. George Allen, according to Melvin’s Twitter account Tuesday night:
“For the 2nd time in 5 months, fmr. gov. and sen candidate George Allen asks me,”what position did you play?” I did not a play a sport.”
A Twitter feud! Not quite. George Allen, the former Republican governor of Virginia and current Senate hopeful, tried to put out the fire with an apology, relayed via twitter.
According to Mediaite, "the exchange in question likely occurred sometime off-camera during, or after, the filming of this report on Allen’s Senate run."
Sure, it could've been an innocent question. Allen's father, after all, coached the Washington Redskins. But when you have a history of calling people of color "macaca" (an epithet used by francophone colonialists in the Congo), it's not going to look good.
Reason's Tim Cavanaugh featured the moment in his "Today in Racism" story, calling Allen "Old Dominion's gift that keeps on giving."