Jake Daniels defends Blackpool teammate after old homophobic comments emerge

Jake Daniels Marvin Ekpiteta Blackpool

Jake Daniels shows support for teammate that’s been called out for homophobic comments.

In the midst of the praise that was coming through for Jake Daniels, following his decision to come out publicly as the first openly gay professional footballer in over 30 years in the UK, people were quick to dig up past homophobic comments that had been made by his current teammate Marvin Ekpiteta.

Ekpiteta posted the following message to apologise and explain how he’s grown since he made the comments.

“Today, social media posts I made in 2012 and 2013 have been highlighted.

“I want to wholeheartedly apologise for the offensive and completely inappropriate language I used, and for the sentiments I expressed.

“As a footballer, and in the years spent in work, before I became a professional player, I’ve been fortunate to have worked with a wide and diverse range of people. Throughout this period, I have developed and grown as a person.

“Yesterday, I was proud of Jake and all involved at Blackpool FC for what is a hugely positive moment for football as a whole.

“I am embarrassed by the comments I made as a 17-year-old, nearly a decade ago, which do not in any way reflect the values I hold now or the beliefs I have as a person or as a team-mate.

“Football needs to be a place where everyone can feel free to be true to themselves, and I am upset that the comments I previously made suggest otherwise.

“I take full responsibility for these posts, and I am sorry.”

Jake Daniels responds to Marvin Ekpiteta

Daniels understood the time that had elapsed since those comments were made and believed that they didn’t represent the person Ekpiteta had become since then and was happy to forgive him.

“What you said ten years ago at 17 years old doesn’t define the man you are today,” said Daniels.

“I am proud to be your teammate and to be part of the Blackpool family – we are all moving football forwards together.”

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