Ronnie O’Sullivan needs to give his head a shake.
The snooker superstar might employ Steve Peters, but you don’t need to be a highly paid psychiatrist like him to work out that O’Sullivan continues to disrespect the game that has helped make him rich and famous.
O’Sullivan should be focusing on maximising his remarkable talents in a bid to win a sixth world title at The Crucible.
Instead, he has made headlines for all the wrong reasons again after slamming the standards among the lower ranked players in the game, insisting he would have to ‘lose an arm and a leg to fall out of the top 50’.
O’Sullivan has a short memory because in last year’s tournament he lost in the first round to amateur James Cahill, a 500-1 outsider who didn’t even have a world ranking.
O’Sullivan also seems to have forgotten that just last week Jamie Clarke (world ranking 89), disposed of world No.4 Mark Allen in the first round.
The mistake O’Sullivan has made is comparing others to his own standards, but he remains the pioneer of his sport, someone all those he’s referring to will look up to. He has to represent the game much, much better than this.
Just imagine the likes of Tiger Woods, Lionel Messi or Roger Federer belittling those coming through the ranks of their chosen sports who are not as good as them? It wouldn’t happen.
O’Sullivan needs to stick to potting balls, instead of taking pot shots at those who might not be blessed with his gifts, but still strive to become the best they can be.
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