There has been a lot of talk on social media of Mickey Mansell’s fine from the DRA. I have not commented on it myself due to knowing the man himself and the obvious BS that it is. However given Mickey has now commented on it, I will redistribute his retort to the social media that has went on over it.
“I have been playing darts at a professional level for the last nine years and my ambition has always been to be the best darts player that I can be. I realise that I am very lucky to be playing a game that I love for my profession but this has not come by chance, I have had to put a lot of effort in to get to where I am today.
I spend a considerable amount of time on the road away from my family during the darts season. I have given my all in every tournament whether that be here at home in Ireland or on the PDC tour and entered with the mindset that if I play my best darts I can compete with anybody.
My recent fine is both frustrating and disappointing for me not least because I feel that I have let both myself and my family down. This however had nothing to do with lack of effort or desire to do well. The only thing that I am guilty of is not playing as well as I know that I can and not capitalising on a good position that I put myself in.
There is no suggestion that I did anything that was corrupt and my integrity was not called into question by the PDC/DRA. I considered appealing the DRA decision, but decided against this, so the issue could be put to bed and I could move on and continue to play darts to the best of my ability!”