Vastavam web: Elon Musk has apologised for calling a British caver who helped rescue 12 Thai boys from a cave a “pedo”, retracting a comment that had drawn widespread outrage and briefly sent shares in Tesla tumbling. Tesla CEO Musk issued the apology today to Vernon Unsworth, who worked on the rescue of the “Wild Boars” football team and had ridiculed Musk’s plan to recover the trapped group using a miniature submarine.
“(H)is actions against me do not justify my actions against him, and for that I apologise to Mr Unsworth and to the companies I represent as leader,” Musk wrote on Twitter. “The fault is mine and mine alone.” Musk’s extraordinary tirade against Unsworth was widely condemned, raising concerns over the entrepreneur’s leadership following a series of previous social media attacks on Wall Street analysts, journalists and employees.
His spat with Unsworth began after the British caving expert dismissed Musk’s plan to rescue the Thai football team from the Tham Luang cave as a “PR stunt”. He added that Musk could “stick his submarine where it hurts”. Writing on Twitter today, Musk said his words against Unsworth had been “spoken in anger after Mr Unsworth said several untruths & suggested I engage in a sexual act with the mini-sub”. The submarine “had been built as an act of kindness & according to specifications from the dive team leader”, Musk said, before apologising to Unsworth. Unsworth, who lives part of the year in Thailand, took part in the gargantuan 18-day effort to retrieve the 12 boys and their coach, a mission that ended on July 10 when the last five members were extracted.