Elon Musk has apologized for calling the British diver involved in the cave rescue of a Thai boys football team a “pedo.” Posting his regrets on Twitter, Musk wrote that regardless of provocation (he claims the diver suggested he “engage in a sexual act with a mini-sub”), his retaliation was unjustified.
In an interview with CNN last Friday, the diver, Vernon Unsworth, called Musk’s offer to send a mini-submarine to help in rescue efforts a “PR stunt” and said the billionaire could “stick his submarine where it hurts.” He also stated that Musk’s prototype had “absolutely no chance of working,” that Musk has “no conception” of what was needed to rescue the boys, and said that Musk and his engineers were asked to leave the cave when coming to assist with rescue efforts.
In now-deleted tweets, Musk seemed to respond to Unsworth’s comments, calling the diver “sus” and a “pedo” in a baseless personal attack.
Musk first tweeted, “Never saw this British expat guy who lives in Thailand (sus) at any point when we were in the caves. Only people in sight were Thai navy/army guys, who were great. Thai navy seals escorted us in — total opposite of wanting us to leave.”
After refuting Unsworth’s claims about the rescue, suggesting you could have swum into the fifth cave with no gear and that a video of the rescue would prove as much, Musk added in a further tweet, “You know what, don’t bother showing the video. We will make one of the mini-sub/pod going all the way to Cave 5 no problemo. Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it.”
When he was called out for his comments about Unsworth, Musk doubled down, replying, “Bet ya a signed dollar it’s true.”
In an interview with the Guardian about Musk’s comments, Unsworth said he was “astonished and very angry” and told the newspaper that he would consider taking legal action against Musk.
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