Tom Daley (above, right), a British diver, came in fourth place in the men’s Synchronized 10m Platform on Monday (July 30) along with his partner Pete Waterfield (above, left). And a British teenager apparently did not take the loss very well.
According to the BBC, a 17-year-old boy was arrested in the Weymouth area (a seaside town located about 120 miles southwest of London) on “suspicion of malicious communications” after he tweeted to Daley that Daley had “let down his father” by finishing out of the medal contention.
Daley’s father Robert died from brain cancer in May 2011.
Dorset police tell the BBC they were contacted by a member of the public, but did not confirm whether the arrest was specifically about that tweet or if it was subsequent Twitter conversations with other users. His account has since been suspended.
The teen later apologized to Daley, tweeting, “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” and “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.”
Duncan Goodhew, deputy mayor of the Olympic Village and a swimming gold medalist from the 1980 Moscow Olympics, tells the BBC, “I suppose that social media in one sense is fantastic, but turned the wrong way round it is very, very personal and it destroys people’s lives. So I think people should be much more careful about what they say.”
It’s a good thing one cannot be arrested for mean tweeting in the U.S. The arrests related to the Kardashians alone …