Daniel C*** Control His Tongue Yet Again
Remember the Ladies Event of the 2010 World Series of Poker? If so, you probably remember it more for the men that played in the event than the women or even the lady who won the event. Daniel Negreanu was recently interviewed by PokerPlayer Magazine and a question was brought up about why the ladies event irked Daniel. He began to talk about the men that played and then turned his attention to Annie Duke. Here is a bit of what he said:
"What irked me is that this woman has the audacity on her website to call herself âthe best female poker player in the worldâ. So on one side of the coin sheâs fighting for, âOh, weâre all equal, there shouldnât be any gender thing,â but when appropriate she decides to call herself the best female poker player in the world.
So Iâm like âhow offensive are you, you f***ing c***? You want to say youâre speaking for women, yet you claim superiority over all of them.â"
Daniel was interviewed by Kimberly Lansing of the WPT at the Legends of Poker and she asked Daniel about this. He claimed that he was talking to someone he knew and never expected this comment to go to print. He then issued what I call a "cover your ass apology" to "women" but not to Annie.
For sake of argument, let's assume Daniel is telling the truth about this topic being private and off the record. First, Daniel has to realize that not everyone in the media, poker and otherwise, is going to keep all "off the record" conversations private. Some people assume that conversations in private are fair game to the general public. Others will use any advantage to gain readership or hits on their site.
Next, why the hell is he insisting on consistently bashing Annie. I understand that some people do not like Annie Duke. I do. There are better ways to go about this than making personal attacks against a person and making slurs against them. And your "apology" was very weak and as I said earlier, you just seemed to be trying to cover your ass. You are a public figure and even a sponsored pro. Show some class.
Finally, I would like to address PokerPlayer Magazine and their apparent need to post Daniel's offensive comment about Annie. What purpose did it serve? Really. Answer me this. In the context of the interview, why did you feel the need of printing "you f**king c***?" You could have just as well printed "So Iâm like âhow offensive are you... You want to say youâre speaking for women, yet you claim superiority over all of them.â" That would have conveyed his sentiments without being vulgar.
In my never to be considered or confused to be humble opinion, I think those three words were printed only for the sake of stirring up shit. They wanted hits, they wanted links, and they wanted people to talk about them. And we are. I think it is a bit pathetic, but we are talking about it.
To Annie's credit, I like how she handled it. Is she bashing him, cursing him, or slandering him? No. This was one of the main reactions she posted on her twitter in regards to fans showing their support and outrage to Daniel's comments.
"Thank you for the support. I was certainly shocked at the language myself. I welcome criticism but not abuse."
While many fans and even companies like controversial players, abusive ones are another matter, especially those that like to take shots at women. I really hope at some point Daniel puts his apparent hatred for Annie to rest, or at least learns how to better control his tongue.