Annie Duke Lashes Out At PokerStars For Defending NegreanuAugust 25, 2010 8:40 am
The war of words has heated up once more following last week’s spat between Annie Duke and Daniel Negreanu in which he called her a “f***ing c**t.”
PokerStars had originally responded to the feud by posting the statement:
“Daniel and Annie are both passionate about poker, and both aren’t afraid to speak their mind. I think this is a fact people like and appreciate about both players…Although Daniel Negreanu is a Team PokerStarsPro, he is an entity to himself and as such will always be encouraged to express his views and speak his mind as he would otherwise do so, PokerStars Pro or not.”
Duke, however, became extremely agitated by PokerStars’ response and launched into a tirade against the site’s apparent defence of their sponsored pro. The full transcript can be viewed here but a brief extract from her epic letter states:
“So I have a question for PokerStars: Are you equally encouraging and accepting of Daniel expressing his own opinions and views if he utters the equivalent Anti-African American, Anti-Semitic or Anti-Gay epithets? Is it just the c-word that is okay with you? In my opinion, comments that are degrading to a person’s race, color, gender or sexual orientation are offensive and do not fall under the “that’s his opinion, not ours” category.”
Daniel Negreanu and Annie Duke have had a personal dislike of each other dating back to the time when Daniel was a sponsored pro at UB alongside Annie Duke. Daniel had a volatile relationship with the site in which Duke is intricately involved in, as well as a whole host of personal issues between the two pros.
Several years ago, Negreanu had written a piece in his Full Contact Poker blog in which he list a plethora of reasons why he considers Duke to be a “low life.” Ultimately he concludes by saying:
“You a cheat, I’ll say so. You a bi-atch– I’ll say so. You a angle shooter, I’ll let my peoples know.”
A few years down the line and the personal vendetta between the two pros doesn’t show signs of abatting anytime soon.