Blackburn Rovers fan apologises for offensive tweet about Burnley player

Blackburn Rovers fan apologises for offensive tweet about Burnley player

Blackburn Rovers fan apologises for offensive tweet about Burnley player

First published in East Lancashire Chorley Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE Blackburn Rovers fan who posted an abusive message about a disabled boy on Twitter has apologised to the lad and his family.

Sam Braysford, 17, created a social media storm when he sent a message to Clarets star Danny Ings, abusing him and Burnley fan Joseph Skinner, who is in a wheelchair.

After posting the message, Sam received messages from several Twitter users, including the striker himself, condemning him.

He later deleted the Tweet and closed his account after receiving death threats and threats against his family.

Sam said he was sorry for any upset he had caused to 14-year-old Joseph and his family because of the abusive Tweet, and telephoned Joseph’s mother, Bernadette Nuttall, to apologise.

He said he was also planning to visit the family to say sorry in person.

He said: “I have spoke to Bernadette and Joseph over the phone. I have apologised and they have accepted my apology and we have agreed to let it go.

“Me and Joseph have exchanged Xbox Gamertags and plan on having a few games of Fifa14.

“(We are going to) let it all blow over because he knows how sorry I am.

“I am also going to get him a gift to say how sorry I am, even though he has asked me not to.”

Joseph’s mother Bernadette Nuttall said she felt sorry for Sam who had ‘made a mistake’.

She said she and Joseph would never want Sam to have received abuse or death threats for sending the Tweet.

She said: “He’s made a mistake. I’ll accept his apology. The fact that this has happened to him makes me sad.

“It’s just a stupid playground remark and it’s going too far, it’s just going too far.

“Joseph doesn’t like anything like that. This has happened before when someone else made a comment and received death threats.

“He hates it. We don’t want this.”

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3:25pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Interocitor says...

Very decent of Joseph and his mum.

Hopefully there's a lesson in all this for those who post offencive comments on Twitter and other social medium.
Very decent of Joseph and his mum. Hopefully there's a lesson in all this for those who post offencive comments on Twitter and other social medium. Interocitor
  • Score: 4

3:31pm Sun 6 Apr 14

DoggydogNo1 says...

He still said it and mud sticks. No amount of sorry,s makes it ok
He still said it and mud sticks. No amount of sorry,s makes it ok DoggydogNo1
  • Score: -5

4:24pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Steven Seagull says...

Too late for apologies you odious little worm.

He is only sorry because he got rumbled.

I personally would like to see him prosecuted.
Too late for apologies you odious little worm. He is only sorry because he got rumbled. I personally would like to see him prosecuted. Steven Seagull
  • Score: -9

7:28pm Sun 6 Apr 14

turbo5 says...

Credit to the lad he owned up and apologised and is trying to make amends, It's easy to get carried away with local football banter. Credit should also be given to the family for accepting his apology.
Credit to the lad he owned up and apologised and is trying to make amends, It's easy to get carried away with local football banter. Credit should also be given to the family for accepting his apology. turbo5
  • Score: 10

9:40pm Sun 6 Apr 14

truth-teller says...

Hope he learns his lesson
Hope he learns his lesson truth-teller
  • Score: 4

6:31am Mon 7 Apr 14

Steven Seagull says...

turbo5 wrote:
Credit to the lad he owned up and apologised and is trying to make amends, It's easy to get carried away with local football banter. Credit should also be given to the family for accepting his apology.
What he said was far from football banter.

Credit to the lad? Are you serious?

Normal people don't just decide one day they are going to send grossly abusive tweets concerning disabled people. This abhorrent @rsewipe shouldn't be given any credit whatsoever and should be prosecuted for sending malicious offensive communications.
[quote][p][bold]turbo5[/bold] wrote: Credit to the lad he owned up and apologised and is trying to make amends, It's easy to get carried away with local football banter. Credit should also be given to the family for accepting his apology.[/p][/quote]What he said was far from football banter. Credit to the lad? Are you serious? Normal people don't just decide one day they are going to send grossly abusive tweets concerning disabled people. This abhorrent @rsewipe shouldn't be given any credit whatsoever and should be prosecuted for sending malicious offensive communications. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 6

11:59am Mon 7 Apr 14

hasslem hasslem says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
turbo5 wrote:
Credit to the lad he owned up and apologised and is trying to make amends, It's easy to get carried away with local football banter. Credit should also be given to the family for accepting his apology.
What he said was far from football banter.

Credit to the lad? Are you serious?

Normal people don't just decide one day they are going to send grossly abusive tweets concerning disabled people. This abhorrent @rsewipe shouldn't be given any credit whatsoever and should be prosecuted for sending malicious offensive communications.
tell me wluv or whatever you are calling yourself - what do you know about football banter? you are every bit as bad as this kid and as a 17yr old he probably doesn't know any better (doesn't exonerate him)

whilst you on the other hand have got some form of tourettes when it comes to your vile postings on here.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]turbo5[/bold] wrote: Credit to the lad he owned up and apologised and is trying to make amends, It's easy to get carried away with local football banter. Credit should also be given to the family for accepting his apology.[/p][/quote]What he said was far from football banter. Credit to the lad? Are you serious? Normal people don't just decide one day they are going to send grossly abusive tweets concerning disabled people. This abhorrent @rsewipe shouldn't be given any credit whatsoever and should be prosecuted for sending malicious offensive communications.[/p][/quote]tell me wluv or whatever you are calling yourself - what do you know about football banter? you are every bit as bad as this kid and as a 17yr old he probably doesn't know any better (doesn't exonerate him) whilst you on the other hand have got some form of tourettes when it comes to your vile postings on here. hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 0

1:38pm Mon 7 Apr 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

It amazes me that some people who disagree with offensive comments think it's ok to make death threats to the person who made them. Surely that's as bad, if not worse.

It also saddens me to see calls for people to be prosecuted for saying nasty things on Twitter. That's a huge over reaction. The police have enough to do without looking for offence on social networking sites
It amazes me that some people who disagree with offensive comments think it's ok to make death threats to the person who made them. Surely that's as bad, if not worse. It also saddens me to see calls for people to be prosecuted for saying nasty things on Twitter. That's a huge over reaction. The police have enough to do without looking for offence on social networking sites BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 1

10:26pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Mr.J.Jambone says...

BuckoTheMoose wrote:
It amazes me that some people who disagree with offensive comments think it's ok to make death threats to the person who made them. Surely that's as bad, if not worse.

It also saddens me to see calls for people to be prosecuted for saying nasty things on Twitter. That's a huge over reaction. The police have enough to do without looking for offence on social networking sites
We should be careful before we start demanding people get prosecuted for the things they say - even when we don't like those things they say.

A spoken opinion, even an odious one that we don't like, is just an opinion. Once we accept certain opinions warrant prosecution today, I worry which opinions will also warrant prosecution tomorrow?
[quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: It amazes me that some people who disagree with offensive comments think it's ok to make death threats to the person who made them. Surely that's as bad, if not worse. It also saddens me to see calls for people to be prosecuted for saying nasty things on Twitter. That's a huge over reaction. The police have enough to do without looking for offence on social networking sites[/p][/quote]We should be careful before we start demanding people get prosecuted for the things they say - even when we don't like those things they say. A spoken opinion, even an odious one that we don't like, is just an opinion. Once we accept certain opinions warrant prosecution today, I worry which opinions will also warrant prosecution tomorrow? Mr.J.Jambone
  • Score: 0

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