Days after Blackpool FC striker Jake Daniels came out as gay, past historical homophobic tweets of his teammate Marvin Ekpiteta have resurfaced.
Ekpiteta, 26, deleted the tweets and apologised to Daniels, who indicated that he has forgiven his teammate.
On Monday, 17-year-old Daniels became the first openly gay footballer, since Justin Fashanu in 1990, to come out while still playing.
Ekpiteta Deletes Tweets, Apologises
Ekpiteta deleted the tweets and offered his apology. “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,” said Ekpiteta.
“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.”
What you said ten years ago at 17 years old doesn’t define the man you are today. I am proud to be your teammate and to be part of the Blackpool family – we are all moving football forwards together 💪💪
— Jake Daniels (@Jake_Daniels11) May 18, 2022
Ekpiteta said that he was a teenager when he made those comments a decade ago.
Daniels Accepts Apology
Daniels accepted the apology and responded to Ekpiteta’s message on social media. “What you said ten years ago at 17 years old doesn’t define the man you are today. I am proud to be your teammate and to be part of the Blackpool family – we are all moving football forwards together.”
Daniels had come out on Monday in a self-penned essay. “I’ve known my whole life that I’m gay, and I now feel that I’m ready to come out and be myself,” Daniels said.
The Blackpool striker said he had been inspired by Adelaide United player Josh Cavallo who had come out last year. He added that he had had the support of his family, club and teammates.
“In reaching this point, I’ve had some of the best support and advice from my family, my Club, my agent and Stonewall, who have all been incredibly pro-active in putting my interests and welfare first. I have also confided in my team-mates in the youth team here at Blackpool, and they too have embraced the news and supported my decision to open up and tell people.”