Boxer Curtis Woodhouse Tracks Down Twitter Bully
Boxer Curtis Woodhouse called out his Twitter bully following a points loss to Shayne Singleton on Friday night, Yahoo! Sports reported on Tuesday, March 12.
Woodhouse had received a number of comments from @Jimmyob88 highlighting what a “disgrace” he was.
The commentary escalated after the Singleton loss, and Woodhouse, a former soccer player, who left the sport for boxing in 2006, decided enough was enough.
To give you an idea of what Woodhouse was facing in the Twitter user, who posted no pictures of himself and only went by the name “the master,” previous re-tweets from the individual behind the account appeared to support violence against women.
Some recent favorites of @Jimmyob88: “Roses are red, Violets are blue. We’re having sex, Because I’m stronger than you … What separates men from animals? Divorce. … I like to attend self-defence classes for women every Monday. Just so I know what I’m up against.”
A recent study revealed that bullies bully because they can, but with more Curtis Woodhouse Twitter bully situations, one can’t help but think that trend might change, preventing tragedies such as the recent story involving a young man, who died from injuries following a bully incident on the playground of his school.
Woodhouse dealt with the situation by offering a 1,000-pound reward to anyone, who could place him on @Jimmyob88′s doorstep and drove more than 70 miles after receiving tips the Twitter bully lived in Sheffield.
After receiving information from various sources, Curtis Woodhouse tweeted a picture of the street where the Twitter bully lived along with the message, “Right Jimbob, I’m here … Someone tell me what number he lives at or do I have to knock on every door #itsshowtime.”
The Twitter bully avoided a face-to-face confrontation with Woodhouse, working through “somebody who knows somebody,” Woodhouse said, and offering this mea culpa: “I am sorry it’s getting a bit out of hand, I am in the wrong I accept that.”
On Tuesday, the incident inspired a new hashtag — #jimmybrownpants — and won admiration from other sportsmen, including former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and English footballer Joey Barton, who referred to Woodhouse as “my hero.”
A fired-up Woodhouse eventually calmed down and saw the humor in it, tweeting: “Just found out you can block people!! Could have let me know earlier, I could have saved 20 quid in petrol!”
Do you think Curtis Woodhouse was right to go after his Twitter bully? Have you ever been the target of cyber bullying? If so, how did you handle it?
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