We’ve already seen how Twitter has gotten athletes Michel Morganella and Voula Papachristou in trouble. Now Twitter troubles have spread to spectators. A 17-year-old boy was arrested on Monday on suspicion of malicious communications charges after he tweeted a critical comment to Great Britain diver Tom Daley.
In response to Daley placing fourth in the men’s synchronized 10m platform diving on Monday, the boy tweeted that Daley “let his father down”. Daley, whose father died in 2011 from brain cancer, retweeted the message to his followers which caused the boy to later apologize.
— Tom Daley (@TomDaley1994) July 30, 2012
“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.”
“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.”
The boy was arrested by Dorset Police on Monday after they were contacted by a member of the public.