It is shocking how nasty and belligerent some Internet users can become when they think they are anonymous. Not so much, however, when they can’t hide behind their keyboards, especially if the person tracking them down is a light-welterweight British boxer.
In this case Curtis Woodhouse, a former British football player turned boxer, was on the receiving end of vile comments from a Twitter follower going by the name jimmyob88. Woodhouse lost a fight on Friday and was at the receiving end of taunts on Twitter:
It turns out that Woodhouse wasn’t willing to take the cyber abuse anymore. He tweeted to his followers that he was willing to pay £1000 to anyone who could come up with jimmyob88′s address. Surprisingly, someone did, leading Woodhouse to make the drive to the alleged address:
Not shockingly, jimmyob88 wasn’t keen on showing his face, especially after Woodhouse tweeted a photo showing that he was, in fact, at the housing complex where the Twitter troll lived.
Woodhouse later tweeted that he was no longer troll hunting, at least not on this day:
It turns out a British tabloid wasn’t letting the story go and tracked down the James O’Brien, who the publication says is jimmyob88:
Mr O’Brien, 24, who was in bed at midday after working a night shift, said: “I really regretted it. You see, all of my mates were egging me on to say things.
“It was just a bit of fun but it got really our of hand. I couldn’t believe it when I realised he was coming here.”
In response to the outrage his offensive tweets to celebrities has caused, he added: “I won’t be doing it again and I would like to apologise for my actions again.
“I’d tell other people to think twice about doing this kind of thing because you never know what the consequences will be.
“Now I just look silly.”