Marvin Ekpiteta of Blackpool apologizes for historic homophobic messages on social media that embarrassed him after 17-year-old teammate Jake Daniels turned out to be gay – and says the messages “in no way reflect the values ​​I I follow now “

  • Jake Daniels, a 17-year-old Blackpool striker, became the first openly gay footballer in Britain since 1990.
  • Following Daniels ’announcement, posts made by teammate Marvin Epithet in 2012 and 2013 containing homophobic tones were highlighted
  • The 26-year-old Ekpiteta subsequently removed insulting messages and apologized unconditionally on Tuesday night.
  • He expressed regret over his decades-old actions, “which in no way reflect the values ​​I hold now.”

Blackpool Defender Marvin Ekpiteta apologized for the historical homophobic messages on social media that embarrassed him after the release of teammate Jake Daniels.

On Monday, the 17-year-old Blackpool striker made a public appearance, becoming the first openly gay footballer in Britain to do so while still playing after Fashan in 1990.

Following Daniels ’statement, which was met with widespread support, reports made by Ekpiteta in 2012 and 2013 containing homophobic tones were highlighted.

The 26-year-old Ekpiteta later removed the insulting posts and on Tuesday night made an unconditional apology, expressing regret for his decades-old actions, “which in no way reflect the values ​​I adhere to now.”

“Today, there were messages on social networks that I made in 2012 and 2013,” the defender said on Twitter.

“I want to apologize wholeheartedly for the insulting and completely inappropriate vocabulary, as well as for the feelings I expressed.

“As a footballer and for the years of work before I became a professional player, I was lucky to work with a wide and diverse range of people. During this period I developed and grew as a person.

On Monday, the 17-year-old Blackpool striker made a public appearance, becoming the first openly gay footballer in Britain to do so while still playing with Fashan in 1990.

Blackpool defender Marvin Ekpite (left) has apologized for historical homophobic messages on social media that embarrassed him after the release of teammate Jake Daniels (right).

Following the announcement of Daniels (R), which was met with widespread support, reports made by Ekpiteta in 2012 and 2013 containing homophobic tones were highlighted

Following the announcement of Daniels (R), which was met with widespread support, reports made by Ekpiteta in 2012 and 2013 containing homophobic tones were highlighted

The 26-year-old Ekpiteta subsequently removed insulting messages and apologized unconditionally on Tuesday night.

“Yesterday I was proud of Jake and everyone who played for Blackpool FC, which is an extremely positive moment for football in general.

“I am confused by the comments I made at the age of 17 almost ten years ago, which in no way reflects the values ​​I hold now or the beliefs I have as a person or a teammate.

“Football should be a place where everyone can be free to be true to themselves, and I’m upset that the comments I’ve made before suggest otherwise.

“I take full responsibility for these messages and I am very sorry.”

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