Daniel Thomas Busted for Tom Daley #TeamHIV Tweet: 'I was hacked'
A footballer in South Wales has been arrested following an anti-gay tweet about Olympic divers Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield.
The message on Daniel Thomas’s Twitter denigrated the diving pair, neither of whom is known to be gay, after they lost out on medals at London Olympics synchronised men’s 10m diving this week.
It said: “If there is any consolation for finishing fourth at least Daley and Waterfield can go and bum each other #teamHIV.” The tweet has since been deleted.
Daniel Thomas, 28, a semi-professional midfielder with Port Talbot FC denied he had sent the homophobic tweet. According to a club statement at the time, he had been the victim of a “prank”. Both the club and Mr Thomas apologized “unreservedly” for the message.
A public tweet the younger diver then received from the user @Rileyy_69 telling him he had let down his father, who died last year from brain cancer, attracted national uproar on the micro-blogging platform. A 17-year-old has been arrested in Weymouth after the user at one point appeared to threaten to drown the diver.