Paul Arriola apologizes for racist tweets he made in 2012

The forward of the Swansea City Paul Arriola he has apologized for a series of “offensive” and “discriminatory” comments he posted on social media nearly a decade ago. The messages were posted in 2012 but recently resurfaced on Twitter, prompting an apology from the 26-year-old American international, who is on loan from the DC United of the MLS.

“I am embarrassed and apologize for the offensive and discriminatory choice of words that I used in the tweets, as they were not acceptable then or now,” Arriola said in a statement on Twitter. “I can assure you that I have grown and learned since then and those tweets did not accurately portray me as a human being at that time in my life, and they certainly do not now.”

“Those who know my true character … I am aware of the privileged position I am in as a professional athlete and role model and I can assure you that publications containing that language will never be used again.”

Swansea meanwhile, say they learned of the messages that were posted before Arriola’s arrival at the Welsh club. “We want to make it clear that we do not tolerate any form of discriminatory behavior from anyone associated with our club,” Swansea said in a statement. “Swansea City have been discussing the issue with Paul and we support his decision to be the one to address these tweets and issue an apology.”

“Paul is committed to working on the biases, both unconscious and conscious, that he will realize upon his return to DC United. There is nothing more to comment on the matter ”.

Also DC United has posted a statement on their networks that goes along the same lines.