Twitter has had a prominent if not notorious presence during these London Olympics. Some of the Twitter headlines thus far have included athletes being kicked out of the Games for racist tweets, a journalist being suspended from tweeting after criticizing NBC, and Hope Solo harshly criticizing Brandi Chastain.
And now Twitter was home to yet another controversy, this time involving 18-year-old British diving phenom Tom Daley.
A 17-year-old from Britain was reportedly arrested and later released with a warning after sending hateful tweets to Daley following his disappointing performance in Monday's 10-meter synchronized diving competition.
Daley, one of Team GB's most popular athletes at the Games, and his diving partner Pete Waterfield were some of the top contenders coming into Monday's event but finished off the podium in fourth place.
Daley later retweeted one of the nasty messages sent to him by the 17-year-old male, who goes by the Twitter handle @Rileyy_69, and added a message of his own:
Daley's father passed away last year following a battle with cancer.
The teen was reportedly released by Dorset (England) police after being taken into custody and given a harassment warning.
According to the Guardian, @Rileyy_69 sent other, more threatening tweets to Daley, including: "i'm going to find you and i'm going to drown you in the pool you cocky t**t your a nobody people like you make me sick."
Others, sent to different Twitter users, read: "i dont give a s**t bruv i'm gonna drown him and i'm gonna shoot you he failed why you suporting him you c*nt." And also: "do you want me to come to your f**king house now with a rope and strangle you with it."
Most of his derogatory tweets remain on his feed alongside several apologetic messages directed to Daley.
Also, his Twitter account appears to have been hacked by spammers. This, folks, is called Twitter karma.
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