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Welsh Footballer Suspended for Homophobic Tweet to British Diver Tom Daley


Welsh football player Daniel Thomas has been suspended for a tweet sent to British diver Tom Daley after his fourth place finish on Monday which read, "if there is any consolation for finishing fourth atleast daley and waterfield can go and bum eachother #teamHIV".

DanielthomasThe BBC reports:

Daniel Thomas, 28, will be the subject of an internal investigation into a tweet sent to Daley, Welsh Premier League Port Talbot Town FC says...Port Talbot FC officials confirmed midfielder Thomas had been suspended while they investigated the incident. A club spokesman said: "Port Talbot Town Football Club can confirm Daniel Thomas has been suspended from all involvement with the club until we have carried out a full internal investigation.

Said a spokesman for the club: "We were made aware to an offensive comment appearing on the Twitter feed of one of our players. Upon being informed of the matter, we immediately distanced ourselves from any offensive messages whilst investigating the matter further. Having spoken at length to the player in question, we believe he regrettably left his phone unattended and was the victim of a very misguided 'prank'. All footballers at Port Talbot Town will also be briefed on the appropriate use of social media and ensuring it is used securely and responsibly."

The footballer's Twitter account has also been suspended.

The incident followed another incident in which a British teen was arrested after tweeting Daley:

"You let your dad down, I hope you know that," he had written. Daley's father lost his battle with cancer in 2011.

Shortly before the final had begun, Daley had expressed his gratitude for the support he had received since that time.
"After the toughest year of my life, today is the day!" Daley wrote. "I just want to thank everyone for all their support no matter what the outcome."

The British teen was arrested "on suspicion of malicious communications" according to the BBC.

A spokesman was unable to confirm whether the arrest was specifically over the tweets to Daley or subsequent Twitter conversations with other users.

(tweet screencap via gay star news)

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  1. Another footballer whose an asshat. What .... a .... surprise.

    Posted by: darkmoonman | Aug 2, 2012 2:00:44 AM

  2. Tom is not gay, he is English. I realise many Americans mistake the 2 for each other, but still..

    And yes some straight men do the whole jazz hands, high voice, mincing thing. Not many i agree, but it happens. Half the gays that do it are faking, its funny how many change their mannerisms and let the natural 2 octave lower voices out when they think no one is looking.

    Posted by: Rovex | Aug 2, 2012 3:27:24 AM

  3. When he was in high school, his dog ate his homework.However in a democracy people should not be punished for exercising their freedom of speech. Just imagine how many of the regular posters on this site would be punished for their hateful, mean spirited and malicious posts.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 2, 2012 9:25:31 AM

  4. Tom is not gay, he is English.

    Thanks for the giggle. It's true, too.

    in a democracy people should not be punished for exercising their freedom of speech

    True ... One homophobic tweet led to a player being suspended from his team. That was all. Another homophobic tweet accompanied by threats of violence led to police action. Threatening murder actually is against the law, in many jurisdictions.


    Posted by: Timothy (TRiG) | Aug 4, 2012 7:36:48 PM

  5. OMG cannot believe towleroad missed this one -- Tom Daley's mum bares her fangs and scratches back: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2183791/I-upset-Tom-vile-internet-troll--Im-parent-left-defend-Daleys-mother-bully-attacked-son-failing-win-medal.html

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Aug 5, 2012 4:57:49 AM

  6. and this one... tom daley dressed as a fireman: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2183841/Abstinence-You-completely-mad-Meet-amorous-Italian-swimming-couple-reveling-Summer-Love-Olympic-village.html?ICO=most_read_module

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Aug 5, 2012 4:59:10 AM

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  8. As former French Prime Minister and total genius Edith Cresson taught us years ago, being British and being gay is the same thing. A member of Parliament protested, indicating that Brits simply don't go for old French chicks. I am pleased to be able to settle this dispute among earlier commenters. http://tinyurl.com/8uheb63

    Posted by: Steve Scarborough | Sep 1, 2012 10:04:51 AM

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