I believe her:
Mrs. Hawkins, who described herself as a rural Virginia housewife and an active Democrat, said in an interview Tuesday that she heard Mr. Allen use the slur repeatedly at a party on election night in 1976. She said Mr. Allen used the term while deprecating the intelligence of the black players on the Washington Redskins football team, which Mr. Allen’s father coached. Recalling remarks about its star running back, Larry Brown, Mrs. Hawkins said that Mr. Allen 'started in effect bad-mouthing him, saying what a shiftless you-know-what' he was.
She said she remembered the conversation because she was a big fan of the team and was shocked. She said Mr. Allen's statement on Monday was 'just plain a lie.'
Can you imagine what he says about gays behind our backs?
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