Jake Paul Apologises To Martinez Twins Following Racism And Bullying Claims
16 November 2017, 11:30 | Updated: 16 November 2017, 11:39
The Martinez Twins accused Jake Paul of target harassment in the Team 10 house
Jake Paul has apologised publicly for "not doing a better job as a leader and friend" in response to claims of harassment and bullying made by the Martinez twins.
On 14th November, former Team 10 members Ivan and Emilio Martinez posted a video to YouTube accusing Jake Paul of bullying, racism, harassment and withholding earnings. They alleged that they were "scared to sleep" in the house that Team 10 shared, and said that Jake would taunt them until they performed stunts and acts that they weren't comfortable with.
Jake initially refuted the allegations, claiming that the twins were calling him out because they "want attention." But today, the YouTuber released two videos to Twitter in which he apologised to the Twins.
Stop being immature & making “videos” so you can get views & “prove your point”— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) November 13, 2017
Talk to me like a man in person. We can fix this. Videos won’t fix anything. Do you just want attention?! https://t.co/OoFSxbFlBn
This is what Jake had to say
"I am so sorry to the Martinez twins," Jake says in the video. "Nobody should ever feel that way and I truly apologise for not doing better as a leader and friends."
Suggesting that the "language barrier" between him and the twins - who are Spanish - made it harder for the twins to to know "what was going on," Jake conceded that he "should have done a better job at making sure they were fully informed about these pranks."
Explaining his original reaction to their allegations, Jake said that he "issued that they were having fun and part of the pranking process," but acknowledged that they were "apprehensive and shy," which could have made it harder for them to speak out. He added that had the twins spoken to him about the situation, he "would have resolved the situation immediately."
"I never meant to hurt the Martinez twins... I love them as brothers," he added.
Time to learn and grow
It's an opportunity to learn to be a better leader and a better person," Jake continued. In what appeared to be an attempt to reach out to the twins, Jake said, "Hopefully we can talk through this at some point in person, and better understand each other and resolve it. But at the same time we can use this situation to teach an important lesson to our fans about communication and learning from your mistakes. Lines get blurred with a house full of creators using pranks and teasing for content, especially if you don't speak the same language."
My response to the Martinez Twins pt1. pic.twitter.com/aRduWRcKqR— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) November 15, 2017
My response to the Martinez Twins pt2. pic.twitter.com/PyDaArBY4e— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) November 15, 2017
The twins have not yet responded to Jake's apology.