Some people, it would appear, never learn.
Seventeen-year-old Reece Messer – better known on Twitter as Rileyy_69 – is one such example.
It has been almost a week since he caused international outrage by sending hateful tweets to UK Olympic diver Tom Daley, 18, and now he is back at it again.
Daley – who lost his father to a brain tumor last year – narrowly missed out on a medal at the London 2012 Olympics on Monday which led to Messer’s now infamous tweet: ‘You let your dad down I hope you know that.’
He then followed it up with: ‘Hope your crying now you should be why cant you ever produce for your country your just a diver anyway a over-hyped p****.’
He sent even more tweets to the Olympic athlete, including one where he threatened to track Daley down and drown him in a swimming pool.
Not unsurprisingly this got to the attention of the police and Messer was arrested and given a formal warning for harassment.
Most people might have learned from this brush with the law and reined in their behavior but Messer isn’t most people.
After a couple of days away from Twitter he announced to the world: “I’m f****** back” and then, just to twist the knife in a little more he tweeted: “F*** Tom Daley, what a little prick.”
Daily Mail reporter Tom Rawstorne tracked Messer down and asked him about his tweets to Daley. He was astonished that the teenager felt “not a jot of remorse.”
In fact, it would appear that he blames Daley for what happened to him.
He claimed that he did not know that the diver’s dad had died and said he later apologized when he found out about it.
He told the newspaper:
“It’s Tom Daley’s fault. He could have ended it by saying thanks for the apology. He could have said, “If you didn’t know about it, you do now” — then moved on.
“He was trying to get me banned and you can’t do that. After everything I’ve been through I’m very annoyed with him.
“I shouldn’t be victimized — and I hope he loses the next competition that he is in.”
Ah so I get it now…you are the victim here Reece. Poor lamb. You don’t deserve any of these horrible things that nasty diver is putting you through.
Amazingly Messer is still treating the whole thing as a huge joke and boasts about the amount of publicity he has received – boasting that he added 30,000 Twitter followers in just a week.
Speaking of his initial Tweet to diver Daley he told the Mail:
“That tweet is the most notorious in Twitter history. I was trending worldwide for two days and that’s a hard feat.
“Only seven people can trend at one time and I’m quite proud because a lot of people don’t trend and usually only celebrities trend worldwide. I think everyone is jealous and they wish they had all the attention that I do.”
Via: Daily Mail
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