Matthew Kitchen, NBC Olympics
The Weymouth teen who attacked Brit diver Tom Daley on Twitter following his fourth place finish in the men’s 10m platform synchro event was arrested at a guest house on “suspicion of malicious communications,” according to BBC.
Daley and teammate, Peter Waterfield, were sitting in second before back-to-back missed dives knocked them out of the medals. Most fans were sympathetic, but one started sending the famous 18-year-old offensive messages, capping it off with “you let your dad down i hope you know that.” Daley’s father had died of brain cancer in May 2011. Daley retweeted the message, adding “After giving it my all…you get idiot’s sending me this…” and creating a backlash against the user that eventually got his account suspended.
He later apologized, claiming he didn’t know about the death of Daley’s father and has been cooperative with the police. There’s a campaign on Twitter to get him banned, but he’s also tallied almost 50,000 followers.
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