J.K. Rowling has taken to Twitter to defend Olympic diver Tom Daley against trolls who blamed his coming for his early exit from the Rio Olympics.
The 22-year-old failed to make the finals, after winning in the preliminary heat and prayer and lobby group Christian Voice posted an anti-gay message,
“Turning gay doesn’t seem to have done Tom Daley any favours at #Rio2016.”
Fans of the diver took to social media to defend him against the abuse. Rowling – who has a long history of supporting LGBT rights – wrote.
“Can’t decide which is more offensive in this tweet, the stupidity or the spite.”
Daly has no plans to retire as he told reporters shortly after the semi-finals that he would start training for the next four years. He tweeted he would “never give up on his dream of being an Olympic champion.”
“Yesterday I scored the highest score ever in an Olympic Games. Today it wasn’t meant to be. That’s what diving does sometimes.
I truly am heartbroken because I feel like I am in the peak physical condition and I could have won tonight.”
Fiancé Dustin Lance Black also took to Twitter to congratulate his mate,
“We are all so proud of all you’ve achieved here in #Rio2016 @TomDaley1994. We fight again another day! ONWARD!”
(via Pink News)