Karren Brady, 53, has shared her thoughts on Jake Daniels, 17, becoming the UK’s first energetic male skilled footballer to come back out as gay. While the vice-chairwoman of West Ham thinks that it was a ”landmark moment”, she says it’s a “shame” that Jake has been branded “brave”.
She said: “Plenty of people I do know are talking about how ’brave’ Jake is, which I feel is a shame.
“It shouldn’t be brave to say you’re gay. It just shouldn’t matter.”
Karren added in her column that the “most remarkable” thing about Jake’s announcement was “how unremarkable” it really was.
She continued in The Sun: “The sky didn’t cave in. And the world continued to spin on its axis.
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“Still, it was a landmark moment for each the sport and the LGBTQ+ community when Jake selected to make his statement.”
The Blackpool striker got here out publicly on Tuesday, making him the primary male skilled footballer to achieve this since Justin Fashanu in 1990.
Jake made the announcement in a press release shared on Blackpool FC’s official website.
It read: “Off the pitch I’ve been hiding the actual me and who I actually am.
He also named Australian footballer Josh Cavallo, manager Matt Morton and diver Tom Daley as sporting inspirations for his decision to publicly address his sexuality.
Jake has received a wave of support since making his announcement, including from Phillip Schofield, who himself got here out as gay in 2020.
Phil praised the footballer on Tuesday’s This Morning, saying: “What you would like now’s this football tribal family to indicate an infinite amount of support – and the word ‘neanderthal’ was used for some football spectators whose views, you already know, are still at midnight ages.
“Take a look at your sport, take a look at the great thing about your sport, take a look at your players and supporting them.
“In fact, there’s all the time going to be kind of ribbing people and having a go.
“But that is the time to say, ‘Right okay, let’s not go for him.”