There are always moments when players will say something about an opponent ” In the heat of the moment” as we have seen earlier this tournament already.
Question needs to be asked “are interviews straight after a game a good idea?”, with van Gerwen, van Barneveld and now Huybrechts giving interviews that can be deemed controversial.
Kim said in the following in dutch media following his defeat to Luke Humphries:
that he “is a thousand times better than Luke Humphries and shouldn’t lose games matches like this anymore.”
The Belgian was sent packing in the last 16 of the PDC World Championships as Humphries defeated him 4-1 and Kim wasn’t best pleased.
He went onto say “I had the easiest draw of the whole World Championship and did nothing with that. That’s frustrating. If you face this player in the last 16… Luke is not a top player, then you need to beat it. If you don’t do that, you are not a top player yourself.”
Humphries in turn took to social media to respond to Kim’s comments:
Very disrespectful comment from Kim. I thought better of him to say something like that. If he thinks he's a thousand times better than me he should of shown it today…. But he didn't 😘👍🏻 https://t.co/fJvcPl8lAW
— Luke Humphries (@lukeh180) December 28, 2019
With players now showing a willingness to use the Dutch media to comment more loosely than they do in front of the English cameras perhaps it is time for the PDC to take a look at this?
Nobody likes losing, and it is easy to turn a comment around in the press, but tighter control is possibly needed.