We’ve all had it happen to us. That horribly awkward moment when you have forgotten to log out of your Facebook or Twitter account and your semi-drunk friend posts the most crude and obscene things. Now, Welsh footballer Daniel Thomas is claiming it happened to him.
“If there is any consolation for finishing fourth at least Daley and Waterfield can go and bum each other #teamHIV” is what Thomas allegidly posted under his Twitter handle @10danthomas10.
The post is presumably directed toward Olympic divers Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield’s surprising and disappointing fourth place finish in their 10-meter synchronized diving event this past week.
Thomas’ parent club, Port Talbot Town Football Club (Talbot Football Club), claimed the tweet was a prank gone bad due to Thomas leaving his phone unattended. The football club says they are investigating the matter, and both Thomas and Port Talbot Football Club issued an immediate apology for the comments which appeared on Thomas’ Twitter feed.
“Both the player and club wish to apologize unreservedly to those offended and in no way condone such views ... 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 apology read.
Even though Thomas deleted his Twitter account since, what appears to be a screen capture of the alleged tweet has surfaced, continuing to spark outrage from Twitter users. Most of the tweets directed at Thomas on Twitter oddly enough are from his fellow countrymen, and seemingly condemn him.
Twitter user @nicknorco sent a tweet to Port Talbot saying “Check out what your boy @10danthomas10 is saying-right chamer this one. Shame on Whales-glad we left”. Most other tweets just retweeted what Thomas said with one or two word comments to go along with the original tweet. @jacekrolnick had this to say: “@10danthomas10 your comments are despicable and you should not be representing any country #london2012”.
Deborah Jack, chief executive of the UK's National AIDS Trust, slammed the prank as damaging to the charity's work in educating people about HIV.
“So-called jokes about HIV being a ‘gay disease’ continue to damage our efforts in stamping out HIV-related prejudice and homophobia” said Jack. The tweet follows the arrest of a 17-year-old in Weymouth who sent Daley, 18, a malicious tweet telling him he had let his late father down after finishing fourth in the competition.
Since the news of the alleged tweet went out, Talbot Football Club has decided to suspend Thomas until the allegations are fully investigated.
[Sources: BBC News and www.Gaystarnews.com]