Teenager Arrested for Awful Troll Tweeting Olympian Tom Daley

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterJuly 31, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30:  Tom Daley of Great Britain reacts after him and his diving partner Peter Waterfield (not pictured) completed a dive in the Men's Synchronised 10m Platform Diving on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 30, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Twitter is pulling back the curtains a bit further, showing us some awful parts of humanity that used to remain hidden during the Olympic Games. 

Racists, bigots and simple idiots were left to muse on their own, but no longer. 

The latest is an awful teenager who wanted to get a rise out of his fellow countryman and Olympic hero Tom Daley. 

The star diver and fellow Great Britain teammate Pete Waterfield just missed out on medalling in Monday's 10-meter men's synchronized platform diving event. 

The moment was hard on Daley who wanted to shine for his country, and sent this tweet out right after.

#gutted so sorry everyone but we tried our best and you can't afford to miss a dive at this standard...bring on individual!

— Tom Daley (@TomDaley1994) July 30, 2012

 That caused one young man to send something quite horrendous in tweet form. That's when Daley decided to let the world know what a troll looks like on Twitter.

After giving it my all...you get idiot's sending me this...RT @rileyy_69: @tomdaley1994 you let your dad down i hope you know that

— Tom Daley (@TomDaley1994) July 30, 2012

 As many know, Daley's father passed away from brain cancer last year, making this stint in the Olympics no doubt an emotional one for the 18-year-old diver. 

The Twitter account for @Rileyy_69 is now private, but BuzzFeed has a breakdown of some more awful tweets that transpired after, even an apology issued by @Rileyy_69 once fans got word of what he had done. 

Another odd turn is that it seems the alleged Twitter troll may have been arrested for his part in this slinging of awful thoughts via social media. 

The Guardian reports a teenager is in custody over this fiasco. A police spokesman stated the following: 

A 17-year-old man was arrested by Dorset police officers in the early hours this morning at a guesthouse in the Weymouth area on suspicion of malicious communications. He is currently helping police with their inquiries.

I have to second what was written by Stephen Douglas over at Big Lead Sports, who also covered this story. I have no idea how this 17-year-old could be arrested for being an awful human being on Twitter. 

Anyone familiar with British law, please educate your American neighbor. 

The real tragedy is that this is not the first horrendous Twitter row hitting the Olympics. Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou was dismissed before the games even started because of a racist barb she tweeted

Then we saw Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella axed from the Olympics for the same thing.

Unfortunately, the fans are now getting in on the action. With the advent of Twitter, every last thought that creeps through the transom of the ignorant brain can be expelled like refuse in 140 characters to the masses.

The Olympics will continue to give us grandiose moments of goodwill, but now we have to make sure to pick up the garbage as well.

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