Elon Musk Apologises For Thai Cave Diver 'Pedo' Claim
"His actions against me do not justify my actions against him," Tesla founder tweeted.
Tesla founder Elon Musk has finally apologised for a disgraceful string of tweets labelling one of the divers involved in the Thailand cave rescue a 'pedo', claiming his words were "spoken in anger".
As the story of the Wild Boars soccer team trapped in the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai enraptured the world last week, Musk made a bizarre entry into the narrative by announcing he was building a mini submarine to help ferry the 12 boys and their coach to safety.
At that point in time, a global team of expert cave divers and rescue specialists already had a plan well in motion to guide the trapped soccer team one-by-one to the surface.
Musk's submarine arrived in Thailand when most of the team was already free. In response to criticism from Thai officials, who called the submarine "impractical", Musk claimed he had been in correspondence with one of the dive team leaders who had asked for the submarine build to continue.
Following the rescue, diver Vernon Unsworth -- a veteran of the Tham Luang, and who played a crucial role in the rescue success -- called Musk's submarine a "PR stunt", and said the entrepreneur could "stick his submarine where it hurts."
"It just had absolutely no chance of working."
Following video of Unsworth's interview with CNN going viral, Musk launched an extraordinary attack on the diver, calling him a "pedo guy" in a tweet. He stood by the comments in a subsequent tweet, telling one person "Bet ya a signed dollar it's true".
He later deleted the comments.
After Unsworth raised the possibility of legal action over the comments, and Tesla stock took a nosedive, Musk tweeted an apology to the diver. His apology was made in a reply to another Twitter user, who had posted a link to a message board post detailing the whole saga.
"As this well-written article suggests, my words were spoken in anger after Mr. Unsworth said several untruths & suggested I engage in a sexual act with the mini-sub, which had been built as an act of kindness & according to specifications from the dive team leader," Musk tweeted.
"Nonetheless, his actions against me do not justify my actions against him, and for that I apologize to Mr. Unsworth and to the companies I represent as leader. The fault is mine and mine alone."
Musk stoked widespread outrage with his allegations, with many online saying they would no longer use his company's products.