After Marvin Ekpiteta apologised for his homophobic posts, Jake Daniels told him, "That doesn't define the man you are today."


As a result of his historical homophobic social media posts that surfaced after the 17-year-old came out as gay, Blackpool star Jake Daniels has told his Nigerian teammate Marvin Ekpiteta that he is proud to play with him.

On Tuesday, Ekpiteta apologised for the controversial posts that embarrassed him in the wake of teammate Daniels's public confession.

Daniels, 17, came out publicly earlier this week, making history as the first British openly gay male footballer since Justin Fashanu in 1990.

Posts by Ekpiteta from 2012 and 2013 that contained homophobic comments were highlighted following Daniels' announcement, which had been met with widespread support.

He later deleted the offending posts and issued an unreserved apology, saying his actions a decade ago "do not reflect the values I hold now" in his Tuesday evening statement.

In a statement on Twitter, Ekpiteta said that social media posts from 2012 and 2013 have been highlighted.

To begin, I want to apologise for my use of language that was offensive and completely inappropriate, as well as for the thoughts I expressed. '

Throughout my career as a professional footballer, I've had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of people from all walks of life. I've grown and evolved as a person during this time. ' Thank you to everyone at Blackpool FC who helped make this a truly historic moment in football history.'

For nearly a decade now, my 17-year-old self has been embarrassed by the comments I made nearly a decade ago, which do not in any way reflect my values or beliefs as a person or as a team member.

"I take full responsibility for these posts and am sorry," he said. "Football needs to be a place where everyone can feel free to be true to themselves."

Having seen his teammate's apology, Daniels has now responded to it on Twitter, offering his support.

'What you said at 17 doesn't define the man you are today,' wrote Daniels.

Your teammates and I are all moving football forward together at Blackpool, and that is something I am proud to be a part of.


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