We reported earlier in the week on the Welsh soccer player who tweeted that since they hadn’t snagged a medal, Olympic divers Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield could go “bum each other.”
But now it seems Daniel Thomas, a midfielder for Port Talbot Football Club, has been arrested for his malicious comment.
Yesterday, South Wales police department announced it had “arrested a 28-year-old man from the Port Talbot area in connection with offensive comments made on the social networking site Twitter.” The identity of the man was initially unknown, but it was later confirmed to be Thomas.
“We’ve taken legal advice and, when the police inquiry is concluded, we will deal with it from then,” an official with PTFC said.
Thomas had initially claimed he hadn’t sent the message, calling it a prank done when he had left his phone unattended. But his Twitter account was shuttered and both Thomas and the club apologized for the incident.
The UK has passed a number of broad measures targeting hate speech, including the Malicious Communications Act of 1988, which makes it illegal to send an offensive electronic communication with the purpose of causing distress or anxiety to the recipient. The penalty involved can be as high as six months’ imprisonment or a fine of £5,000 ($7,800).
Call us First Amendment nellies but this rubs us the wrong way. Offending someone is wrong, and should certainly be chastised, but it’s not a crime. If it was, Tracy Morgan, Kirk Cameron and Donald Trump would all be rotting in prison.
Source: The Daily Dot