Jake Daniels has provided the perfect response to Marvin Ekpiteta’s apology after Daniels’ Blackpool team-mate became the subject of an FA investigation into homophobic tweets.
The Blackpool player has been praised throughout the sport for his bravery, especially coming from such a young player, at just 17 years of age.
Daniels has again shown his maturity with his response to Ekpiteta, after the FA investigated his old posts on Twitter, prompting the FA to look into it.
The 26-year-old deleted tweets, including him sharing support for Nigeria’s gay marriage ban through the use of clapping emojis, and the defender quickly issued an apology.
“Today, social media posts I made in 2012 and 2013 have been spotlighted,” the former Leyton Orient player tweeted.
“I would like to sincerely apologize for the offensive and totally inappropriate language I have used and for the feelings I have expressed.
“As a footballer and in the years I spent in my job before becoming a professional player, I have been fortunate to have worked with a wide and diverse range of people. During this period I have developed and grown as a person.
“Yesterday I was proud of Jake and everyone involved at Blackpool FC for what is a hugely positive moment for football as a whole.
“I am ashamed of the comments I made as a 17-year-old almost ten years ago that in no way reflect the values I hold now or the beliefs I hold as a person or as a team-mate.
“Football should be a place where everyone can feel free to be true to themselves, and I am angry that the comments made before suggest otherwise. I take full responsibility for these messages and I am sorry.”
An FA spokesperson confirmed that the old tweets will be investigated, saying: “We are aware of the comments made on social media and will investigate the matter.”
However, Daniels, Ekpiteta’s own team-mate, will not hold his colleague to account for what he said 10 years ago when he responded to the apology statement on social media.
“What you said ten years ago at age 17 does not define the man you are now,” Daniels wrote.
“I am proud to be your team-mate and part of the Blackpool family – we are all moving football forward together.”
What you said ten years ago at age 17 does not define the man you are now. I am proud to be your teammate and part of the Blackpool family – we are all moving football forward together 💪💪
— Jake Daniels (@Jake_Daniels11) May 18, 2022
While the football community generally supports Daniels, there is anger from fans over the support some players have given to Idrissa Gueye.