My jiu-jitsu instructor often offers this sterling piece of advice: “Leave people alone.” In other words, don’t go looking for trouble. Were I to add anything to this simple maxim, it would be this: “Leave people who can beat the living hell out of you alone, especially.”
Twitter user Jimmyob88, who goes by the name “The Master”, may have come to the same realization recently after taunting retired footballer and light-welterweight boxer Curtis Woodhouse. After receiving several insulting Tweets from “The Master”, Woodhouse offered £1,000 to any follower who could provide him with his tormentor’s address.
After receiving the information, Woodhouse paid “The Master” a visit.
The user jimmyob88 continued to mock the athlete: “what u going to do knock me out like your last opponent ooops”
However when Curtis tweeted the name and address of the user, he suddenly backed down: “chill out pal i was only doing it so you would bite back it was only a bit of harmless fun”
The boxer later tweeted: “just on my way to sheffield to have a little chat with a old friend, get the kettle on @jimmyob88”
A worried jimmyob88 tweeted: “i was only joking about Didnt think you would be bothered thought you would take them as a joke”
“i am sorry its getting abit out of hand i am in the wrong i accept that” he said in another message.
However Curtis was undeterred, and posted a picture of himself at the address to prove he was there, calling out the “keyboard warrior”.
After an hour it appeared as though Curtis had given up, as he tweeted: “[@jimmyob88] never came out to play so im going back home! maybe a bit daft what i did today but sometimes enough is enough”
What do you think, Disinfonauts? Did this qualify as a “win” for the troll, or an abject humiliation? Having been bothered a few times online myself, I can certainly understand Woodhouse’s motivations, although I’d never take things that far.