There is no love lost between Mark Selby and Ronnie O’Sullivan, two of the greatest snooker players in the world.
O’Sullivan defeated Selby at the 2020 World Championship in Milton Keynes, after which Selby accused his opponent of gamesmanship and disrespect. One of his gripes was that when snookered, rather than try and work a way out of the shot, O’Sullivan smashed the balls in a “hit and hope” fashion.
Now the players have faced each other again in the final of the Scottish Open, where this time Selby triumphed convincingly.
But some on-table shenanigans have re-ignited their feud, with both players accusing each other of gamesmanship, and taking verbal swipes at each other.
Accusations have flown, and the war of words has begun.
Selby accused O’Sullivan of moving into his eyeline while taking a shot. Uum… yes. That’s what he said… in an interview. Or to use Selby’s own words “I’m playing a long red into the corner and he stood up.”
That’s right, the accusation is that he STOOD UP!
What a battle this is shaping up to be.
It gets worse…
This is also a direct quote from Mark Selby, “just as I’m about to play the shot he started chalking his cue quite loudly.”
What a savage beast! Can you imagine playing pool in a bar and asking your opponent to stop chalking his cue so loudly?
But that was just the start of the post-match verbal jousting. Legendary tough guy Ronnie O’Sullivan complained that Selby was tapping his water bottle while he O’Sullivan was taking a shot!
Talk about “Rich White-guy Problems!”
At this point, dear reader, I want to remind you that this artice is in a section called “The Truth.” Everything written above actually happened. There is no satire in this article (just some heavy mockery)
Can you imagine these two prima-donnas being drafted and sent off to war?
Anyway, as the post-match interviews continue with each player trying to proclaim his innocence, and give their version of events. The level of pettiness is off the scale for these well-paid “professionals”, but at least it gave me a reason to write an article. Thanks guys.