The London 2012 Olympics – Tom Daley Twitter AbuseAugust 1, 2012
Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield, our British synchronised diving team, came fourth and lost out on a medal at the Aquatic Centre in Stratford on Monday. It was a bitter defeat for both of them, particularly Tom, a young man who has captured the hearts of many people in Blighty and around the world.
The death of his father through brain cancer last year is well known. It’s also well known that winning gold in this event would’ve been in his honour. He probably felt sick losing out on a medal and felt he’d let his dad down. I think we could all acknowledge that and would’ve rallied round.
Well, not all of us. Some knob decided to kick the man when he was already down, in the way he knew would hurt most. He sent a tweet, which said: “You let your dad down. I hope you know that.” He may as well have clubbed a seal, because when Tom responded by retweeting what this tool had said, it brought a massive response from the Twitterverse. Ladies and gentlemen, when a Twitter storm kicks in, Kansas braces itself.
The troll apologised at first, but later started sending threatening tweets. Trolls, for reasons I still cannot fathom, send nasty messages like this, and worse, to get a reaction. Maybe they didn’t spend enough time at their mother’s breast, or didn’t get enough attention when they were young. Whatever the reason, they’re out there. Since that foray into the kingdom of troll, he’d been identified as a 17 year-old living in a guesthouse in Weymouth and was getting his collar felt by the police. He probably thought, safely tucked up in his room with his computer, that he could get away with being a complete arse. Well, you got that one wrong fella: very wrong. Recent reports came in that he was given a harassment warning and is on bail, pending enquiries into other communications on his account.
Karma’s a bitch, and she ain’t playin’.