Stan Collymore dramatically quit Twitter in the early hours of Thursday following a front page splash from The Sun in which his ex-partner Ulrika Johnsson accused him of being a "vile hypocrite" for speaking out about online death threats. Johnnson, who was attacked by Collymore in a bar in Paris in 1998, was quoted in the story as saying: "If he’s so against death threats, why did he say he’d ‘f****** kill’ me? It’s a disgrace."
Before Collymore pulled his Twitter account, he published several tweets accusing Johnsson of lying and challenging her to prove that the attack was as vicious as she claimed. By Thursday morning, the tweets were gone along with his Twitter account.
The Sun's story followed a week of campaigning by Collymore for Twitter to take stronger action against racist, abusive and threatening tweets. Sports radio station Talksport, on which Collymore is a pundit, went as far as releasing a statement saying the station would no longer promote any of its associated Twitter accounts until the social network took steps to combat the problem.
However, the Sun's story was apparently the ultimate troll for Collymore and prompted a reaction that would ultimately see him de-activate his account.
The Drum took a snapshot of the sequence of events.