Martin Adams: “Barry Hearn thinks he has the best darts organisation around, but his players aren’t loyal to him.”
Article from PeterBorough Today.
Loyal Wolfie takes a swipe at rival chairman Hearn and has ruled himself out of a possible clash with rival world champion Ray van Barneveld. The Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton in November is set to bring together the top players from rival organisations PDC and BDO that formed following a bitter split 15 years ago.
But BDO champion Adams has snubbed the offer and taken a swipe at PDC chairman Hearn.
Adams will instead target the BDO Winmau World Masters that starts the day before the Grand Slam of Darts on November 16.
The 51 year-old from Deeping said: ?They?ve been putting it about that I?m playing in the Grand Slam of Darts and I?m not. I?ve turned them down.
?I?m staying loyal to the BDO. Barry Hearn rang me up and accused me of having misguided loyalty and I don?t know why he said it.
?He knows where my loyalties lie, so why did he have to offend me ?
?I?ve been with the BDO for 25 years and they?ve made me the player I am today. They?ve provided me with so much help and assistance and I can?t turn my back on them after all these years.
?Barry Hearn thinks he has the best darts organisation around, but his players aren?t loyal to him.?
Former BDO world champions Barneveld and Jelle Klaasen have made the switch to the PDC in the last 18 months along with rising star Michael van Gerwen and Mervyn King, but Adams won?t be following a similar path. He says he isn?t tempted by the winner?s prize of ?60,000 on offer in Wolverhampton for the Grand Slam of Darts.
He said: ?There isn?t enough money on offer to make me miss the World Masters. There?s only a guaranteed ?4,000 for losing in the first round and that?s peanuts to me since I won the world title.?
Adams took 14 attempts to win the sport?s biggest prize and is similarly determined to win the British Classic after a third-round exit in this year?s competition in Kettering.
He was beaten 3-2 by Mario Robbe after missing four darts at a double to win the match having been in sparkling form in the previous round when finishes of 107 and 110 powered him to a 3-0 win over Peter Wise.
Adams said: ?I?ll keep coming back to the British Classic until I win it. That’s my attituide to all the tournaments.?