Teen arrested over Twitter abuse of UK diver Tom Daley
Tom Daley, pictured during the Men's Synchronised 10m Platform Diving on July 30, 2012, placed fourth in the dive.
July 31st, 2012
06:41 AM ET

Teen arrested over Twitter abuse of UK diver Tom Daley

British police arrested a teenager suspected of sending an offensive Twitter message to British Olympic diver Tom Daley.

Officers detained a 17-year-old man at a guest house in "the Weymouth area" of the county of Dorset in the early hours of Tuesday morning, they said.

The unnamed teenager is being questioned on "suspicion of malicious communications," a police spokeswoman told CNN.

On Monday, Daley retweeted a message he said he'd received from user "Rileyy_69" shortly after he and his partner Peter Waterfield placed fourth in the men's 10m synchronized dive, failing to win a medal.


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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. PSU Alumni

    They should put everyone in jail that says something mean about Penn State too. Freedom of Speach is just wrong if it hurts innocents like our football team and alumni.

    July 31, 2012 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. little misters father

    @little mister, get off of the computer at this hour and get to work.

    July 31, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. little mister

    I have to eat my Lucky Charms for breakfast, they are my favorite.

    July 31, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff

    Freedom of Speach is just way gross.

    July 31, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Freedom of speech does include the right to make death threats.

      CNN conveniently didn't mention the death threats, or the other sustained abusive tweets that were sent.

      The American media for some baffling reason seems determined to portray Britain as anti-freedom of speech. Why is that?

      July 31, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Clarice

    His dad might be disappointed if he cared enough about his bratty son to still be alive, that is.

    July 31, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  6. Clay

    It might be an abusive tweet, but does it justify arrest? We verbally abuse each other all the time – but that shouldn’t lead to dumb police swooping down and arresting you at 10.30pm like some wanted terrorist.

    Britain is becoming more and more like a police state. I find it incredible that idiotic police still waste their time and manpower over inconsequential stuff like this – If it happened in China or North Korea we’d all be saying “How typical!” But I don’t think their police are as stupid as ours.

    July 31, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. fernace

    1'st I didn't find the comment that offensive, 2nd it was absolutely not worthy of an arrest! This is 2 teenagers tweeting, they are gonna say stuff! Frankly, I found Daily's reply more offensive, w/all the cussing! How about busting some internet child po.rn rings, or terrorist cells!? This is much ado about nothing!!

    July 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Good morning, fernace.
      I agree that the tweet wasn't that offensive – to me; who knows how it made Daley feel, but on the surface it seems innocuous enough; especially if the sender didn't know that Daley's father was deceased.
      And to be actually arrested for it? Meh.

      Good Lord, we see much more abusive posts here...meant to hurt people at their most base level...

      But then again, it is a country that does not guarantee free speech, like ours does.

      July 31, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      And I agree totally about busting the internet rings; gee, if only the perps would tweet about it, they's be caught...

      July 31, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
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  9. pinkpopcorn

    freedom of speech is wonderful...as long as it is not verbelly abuseing others and hurtting people terribely i belive its a great right of us americans to say what we have to say if we had no right of speech we could not say what we are saying right now. also if people do not stop take advantege of the right it could be taken away?right? but then again it is THE RIGHT OF SPEECH SAY WHAT YOU WANT TO SAY! BUT IF ITS MEAN ALL YOUR DOING IS HURTTING YOUSELF NOT THE OTHERS BECAUSE WE LEARN TO INGORE YOUR MEAN COMMENTS! <3 thanks 🙂 xxoo

    August 25, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |