Footballer Andre Gray has apologised for a tweet he sent four years ago, telling his fans that he’s a changed man.https://www.flickr.com/photos/joncandy/ [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Burnley footballer Andre Gray, 25, has apologised for a homophobic tweet sent four years ago. In the tweet he said gay people should “burn” and “die”.
However he now says he’s a “completely different” person.
In the tweet appeared to condone the burning and killing of gay people saying,
“Is it me or are there gays everywhere? #Burn #Die #MakesMeSick.”
The Tweet has since been deleted.
The Premier League striker has now said sorry for the tweet, saying that he no longer holds those views and asked for forgiveness.
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Andre Gray’s apology in full
“I would like to respond to media reports with regards to previous tweets posted from my Twitter account.
“Firstly, I want to offer a sincere and unreserved apology to anybody I may have offended in relation to these tweets. The tweets were posted four years ago when I was a completely different person to the man I am now. I was at a very different point in my life back then – one that I’ve worked hard to move on from.
“Thankfully a lot has changed in my life since then. I have experienced a lot over the past four years and have had to take responsibility for a number of things in my life which has enabled me to mature and grow as a person since that time.
“I have a lot of regrets regarding a number of things I’ve done in the past and realise I have made some big mistakes, none more so than these tweets, but I would like to stress that I’ve worked incredibly hard to completely transform my life since that time.
“To clarify, I do not hold the beliefs written in those tweets whatsoever. I can assure everybody that I am absolutely not homophobic and as said previously I can only apologise and ask for forgiveness to anyone I offended.
“Thankfully I am not the guy I was back then and will continue to work hard both on and off the pitch to become a better person.”