Olympian Tom Daley hits out at Twitter troll
Last updated at 11:45, Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Police investigating abusive messages posted on Twitter about Team GB diver Tom Daley have arrested a teenager.
Daley and his partner Pete Waterfield missed out on a medal yesterday when they finished fourth in the men’s synchronised 10m platform diving event at the Olympics.
Shortly afterwards, Daley retweeted a message from user Rileyy69 which said: “You let your dad down i hope you know that.”
Daley responded by tweeting: “After giving it my all... you get idiots sending me this...”
Daley’s father Rob died last year from brain cancer.
Speaking before the Olympics, Daley revealed his father “gave me all the inspiration that I’ve needed”.
The 18-year-old told the BBC: “Winning a medal would make all the struggles that I’ve had worthwhile. It’s been my dream since a very young age to compete at an Olympics.
“I’m doing it for myself and my dad. It was both our dreams from a very young age.
“I always wanted to do it and Dad was so supportive of everything.
“It would make it extra special to do it for him.”
When news of the insensitive tweet spread, Rileyy69 attempted to apologise.
He tweeted: “@TomDaley1994 I’m sorry mate i just wanted you to win cause its the olympics I’m just annoyed we didn’t win I’m sorry tom accept my apology.”
He later added: “please i don’t want to be hated I’m just sorry you didn’t win i was rooting for you pal to do britain all proud just so upset.”
Dorset Police confirmed they are investigating the incident.
A spokeswoman said: “Regarding tweets to @tomdaley1994 – we are aware of the issue and we are actively looking into it.”
First published at 09:21, Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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People like Ferdinand who are constantly on it, if he concentrated on his football more than his tweeting he might (prob not though) be as good as he thinks he is.
agree totally with degsey all part of the "love me" culture and look aren't i great i have 30000 friends! saying thta i was harassed for 6 months verbals on facebook etc and the police never did a thing and because a celeb does not feel loved someone gets arrested the next day--no wonder the police inspire confidence is it?
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