Burnley striker Andre Gray asks for 'forgiveness' over shocking homophobic tweetsPublished August 21, 2016
Burnley striker Andre Gray has apologised and asked “for forgiveness” after homophobic tweets he sent in 2012 were shared on social media.
Hours after celebrating the most important goal of his career, after netting in Burnley’s 2-0 victory over Liverpool, the striker was bombarded by abuse from fans on Twitter, after his past remarks about gay people resurfaced.
The tweets date from four years ago, when Gray was playing for non-league Hinckley United.
The posts, which also contained offensive terms, were deleted on Saturday, soon after coming to light, and the 25-year-old was quick to release a statement on the matter.
Read on below to see Andre Gray’s statement 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.”