Pete Waterfield not fazed by homophobic tweet

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SOUTHAMPTON’S Olympic diver Pete Waterfield has revealed how he didn’t want a “childish” Welsh premier league footballer to be prosecuted for posting a homophobic message about him on the internet .

The dad-of-two, who finished fourth with teenage diving partner Tom Daley in the synchronised event at London 2012, spoke out after the Director of Public Prosecutions announced it would not be pressing charges against the player.

Port Talbot Town FC’s Daniel Thomas posted the abusive message on the social networking site Twitter after the pair failed to qualify for a medal in the event last month.

It was then distributed more widely and resulted in his arrest.

Both Pete and Tom, 18, were consulted by the DPP over their feelings about the message and said they did not want formal charges to be brought.

Pete, who lives in Millbrook , told the Daily Echo: “It was pathetic and it was childish but I did not find it offensive, firstly as I am a married father of two and secondly, because I am a bigger person than that.

“On the other hand, I can see how it could be taken extremely offensively.”

He added: “I was phoned and asked about how I felt and my view was that he shouldn’t have ever said it in the first place – but I didn’t want to see him prosecuted, a telling off was enough.”

Keir Starmer, the director of public prosecutions, yesterday said that Daniel Thomas’s message was “not so grossly offensive that criminal charges need to be brought”.

Mr Starmer said: “This was, in essence, a one-off offensive Twitter message, intended for family and friends, which made its way into the public domain.

“It was not intended to reach Mr Daley or Mr Waterfield, it was not part of a campaign, it was not intended to incite others and Mr Thomas removed it reasonably swiftly and has expressed remorse.

“Before reaching a final decision in this case, Mr Daley and Mr Waterfield were consulted by the CPS and both indicated that they did not think this case needed a prosecution.”

He added that new guidelines for prosecutors on social media cases will now also be issued, given the growing number of complaints.

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3:36pm Fri 21 Sep 12

Georgem says...

Common sense prevails!
Common sense prevails! Georgem
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3:37pm Fri 21 Sep 12

Lone Ranger. says...

Well done Pete. Great response and attitude
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Cant stand people who get whimpish (or wimpish) when a few words are chucked their way ... then making out they are being threatened.
Well done Pete. Great response and attitude . Cant stand people who get whimpish (or wimpish) when a few words are chucked their way ... then making out they are being threatened. Lone Ranger.
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3:51pm Fri 21 Sep 12

Huey says...

Sticks and stones.
Sticks and stones. Huey
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4:36pm Fri 21 Sep 12

Shoong says...

One's a Olympic level diver, one is a Welsh Premier football player.

I think you'll be ok Pete.
One's a Olympic level diver, one is a Welsh Premier football player. I think you'll be ok Pete. Shoong
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4:45pm Fri 21 Sep 12

bigfella777 says...

people are always being rude to me on here,what can I do about it.
people are always being rude to me on here,what can I do about it. bigfella777
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4:54pm Fri 21 Sep 12

Here, There says...

Its a measure of the man that he chose to rise above it, he could of sought further headlines but remains his normal unassuming self, well done Pete and shame on Thomas
Its a measure of the man that he chose to rise above it, he could of sought further headlines but remains his normal unassuming self, well done Pete and shame on Thomas Here, There
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5:17pm Fri 21 Sep 12

Laura85 says...

Well done pete. Comments like that are meant for kids in playground not grown men.
Well done pete. Comments like that are meant for kids in playground not grown men. Laura85
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5:17pm Fri 21 Sep 12

Inform Al says...

bigfella777 wrote:
people are always being rude to me on here,what can I do about it.
Stay out of the kitchen.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: people are always being rude to me on here,what can I do about it.[/p][/quote]Stay out of the kitchen. Inform Al
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5:20pm Fri 21 Sep 12

Georgem says...

Inform Al wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
people are always being rude to me on here,what can I do about it.
Stay out of the kitchen.
Well put!
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: people are always being rude to me on here,what can I do about it.[/p][/quote]Stay out of the kitchen.[/p][/quote]Well put! Georgem
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7:15am Sat 22 Sep 12

See You When The Fog Clears says...

A vote for commonsense at last and well done Pete and Tom for not pursuing it further.

Back before the days of birdwatchers (I think tweeters is a cover story) people used to meet up have a drink and some humourous or bawdy comment woulld be made about someone or something. No one wrote it down and posted it off like their christmas cards to all and sundry.

Thankfully in this case, it has been accepted as that.
A vote for commonsense at last and well done Pete and Tom for not pursuing it further. Back before the days of birdwatchers (I think tweeters is a cover story) people used to meet up have a drink and some humourous or bawdy comment woulld be made about someone or something. No one wrote it down and posted it off like their christmas cards to all and sundry. Thankfully in this case, it has been accepted as that. See You When The Fog Clears
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