Originally Posted by MisterQ
There have been quite a few other tournaments that Andre did pull out of at the last minute (sometimes excusably, sometimes inexplicably) -- they might have made better examples.
Yes, except that this idiot said in his article something ignorant about Andy being only 23 and couldn't he just go drink a gatorade. Andre's 35 so I guess in these people's eyes young people can't be tired and older people have a better argument where that's concerned. Oh, ok. I wasn't talking about it from the perspective of Andre pulling out or not playing, but the perspective of that this guy thinks the city and the tournament were slighted by Andy and that Andre showing up in the middle east for what's rumored to be 700,000 is also a slight to the city and the tournament (especially considering these fools surely don't know how the commitment/tourney entry works)
And anyway, Scottsdale moved to Vegas before Andre had actually entered the tournament - months before. Perhaps there was a commitment agreement with Dubai in place already, but Andre is Andre and because he was not technically and officially entered into the tournament, I am sure that he could have gotten out of it if he had wanted to. I'm not saying he should have, merely that this guy completely ignores it and since this guy talked about slighting the city and the tournament, from the viewpoint of people who don't understand how the commitment system works, Andre slighted the tournament and the city in a way too, and he did it for reasons just as selfish as Andy. This guy was ignorant and seemed to just want to attack Andy without considering other things.
it's not the same, but I wasn't trying to say it was, merely the larger point of players doing things for their own reasons and that this guy didn't investigate the facts at all, nor did he present the whole story. To suggest Andy was playing with the tourney and lying all along and never intended to show up is a pretty egregious accusation, and the fact that he didn't even MENTION Andre not playing I think highlighted this guy's idiocy even further.