Jack Grealish has praised Blackpool starlet Jake Daniels for his decision to come out as gay.
Daniels has become the first professional footballer in over 30 years to go public with his sexuality.
It’s a brave move on the part of the 17-year-old, especially considering the difficulties faced by the late Justin Fashanu, who later took his own life.
We like to think society has improved considerably since then, but so far no other professional player in the English game has felt safe enough to step out.
Statistically, it’s almost certain that there are gay gamers out there, but most will feel safer, in a literal and professional sense, to retain their sexuality.
That’s not how it should be, however, and Daniels made the brave decision to lead the way, and without having the safety net of being a first-team regular.
It is hoped that others can now feel safe enough to follow suit, and in the meantime Manchester City star Jack Grealish has praised Daniels for his bravery.
“There’s a lot of courage, and to be honest with you, I don’t think anyone disagrees with that,” the midfielder said. sky sports.
“It’s absolutely brilliant, and it’s a huge step forward.
“I saw before that there was a guy in Australia, in League A, and I hope that made Jake Daniels think ‘you know what? I can too’.
“And I’m crossing my fingers for everyone, because I think it can be a big step forward because football is for everyone.”