Darts World have noted an alarming rise in the volume of social media abuse directed at dart players in recent times. However, during his exclusive conversation with Phil Lanning, Stoke’s Ian White revealed his ‘Diamond’ distraction tactics.
Several players, including World Champion Peter Wright and reigning Matchplay winner Rob Cross, have commented in recent weeks that the abuse they recieve has increased and that the nature of it has worsened during LockDown. It seems, sadly, that Ian is not immune:
“A lot of the people who criticise you on social media would love to be in my position”.
‘Diamond White’, as Ian is known, has a somewhat different approach, to the trolls and other miscreants, than the often heard “ignore or block them” type clichés.
“I do read it….. people are entitled to their Opinions,
[But] we’ve got to watch what we Say, being in this spotlight”.
But, as anyone who follows Whitey on twitter will know, he doesn’t remain silent. Rather than respond in kind, or allow such bile to affect him, he offers Attenborough like clips of the wildlife in his garden, comic asides and even his own version of ‘Carpool Karaoke’!
So I just sing on Twitter instead.
“That’s who I am!”
Ian was talking to Phil Lanning, for Darts World, and will soon be back in action at the Betfred World Matchplay.
Check out his full conversation, his tour posse, and the extent of his ambition here.