I have a Twitter account and whilst I don't Tweet much, I do Follow several celebrities, including Jake Humphries (mainly for the F1 updates), Stephen Fry, and in particular Tom Daley. I have followed Tom Daley on Twitter for a couple of years now, as he is a Devon lad and we loved his performances at previous Olympics and Championships.
I therefore saw the comment within minutes of Tom receiving it after missing out on winning a medal at the 2012 Olympics when they finished fourth in the 10m synchronised dive on Monday.
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Initally after the event I saw Tom had tweeted "#gutted so sorry everyone but we tried our best and we can't afford to miss a dive at this standard... bring on individual!"
Daley then retweeted a message which said: "You let your dad down i hope you know that."
Apparently, the internet troll went on: "hope your crying now you should be why can't you even produce for your country your just a diver anyway a over hyped p*****."
I am uterly appalled by these comments and whilst I read that this youngster later tried to apologise and said he was a supporter of Tom's who had just wanted him to do well, in my opinion this is not born out by his actions. Surely being a supporter is about giving "support". I can't begin to imagine how hurtful the suggestion regarding Rob Daley was for Tom.
Whatever happened to "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all."
As far as I am concerned Tom, if you put all the training and preparation effort in you could, and on the day you have done your best, then no-one can ask any more. You'll always be a much better diver than 98% of the population and your Dad would be very proud of you, as any parent is of a child who has done their best.