LONDON (Reuters) - British police arrested a man on Tuesday after offensive tweets were sent to British diver Tom Daley when he failed to win a medal in his first event at the London Olympics.
The Olympic poster boy and his partner Pete Waterfield were in with a chance of grabbing the host nation's first gold of the Games in the synchronized 10-metre platform event on Monday, but fluffed their fourth dive and wound up just outside the medals.
Daley, whose father Robert died from cancer last year, repeated a tweet from user @Rileyy_69 to his followers that said: "you let your dad down I hope you know that".
The diver responded: "After giving it my all ... you get idiot's sending me this."
The user later apologized.
"A 17-year-old man was arrested ... in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday, at a guest house in the Weymouth area on suspicion of malicious communication," police said.
Britain's chef de mission Andy Hunt said the tweets were "completely unreasonable and a threat" but said Daley was "unaffected". Daley will compete in the individual 10-metre platform event starting on August 10.
"Everyone knows if you use social media extensively you get bad as well as good," Hunt told reporters. "If you open the door people come through it as well as go out the other side and we have been very clear about that. We have put out a lot of guidelines and a lot of education about this."
Twitter, a microblogging site which allows users to send short messages to each other and advertise views to a potentially huge audience, has hit the headlines at the Olympics after some ill-considered tweets by athletes. Continued...