BDO chairman Des Jacklin has taken shots at world champion Wayne Warren, former directors and social media ‘haters’ in a lengthy letter before the company’s commercial branch goes into liquidation on Thursday.
The demise of British Darts Organisation Enterprises Ltd means an end to major BDO events, including the prestigious World Championship and World Masters, won by many of the sport’s greatest ever players.
Jacklin resigned as BDO chairman in March, only to return in April and promise a bright future for the organisation, but things have not gone as hoped.
Throughout his two reigns, Jacklin has blamed social media negativity for the decay of the historic organisation, while players and fans have been left everywhere between disappointed and furious over failings; specifically at the World Masters and World Championship.
A major issue was that the 2020 world champion received just £23,000 for his achievement, down from £100,000 the previous year, but in his latest communication, Jacklin says Warren has nothing to complain about at all.
Warren, in a Facebook post, had suggested Jacklin should be taken to court, but the chairman insists this won’t be happening, with some remarkable use of the third person and capital letters.
Jacklin wrote in a letter to BDO members: ‘We all know that the 2020 World Championships pay out about £190.000 less than in previous years, this was due to Sportotal not coming through with a Sponsor, the promise of a Sponsor that kept the BDO dangling for months, had Sportotal done their job there would have been no issues and in fact most people would now be saying what a great job the BDO Board and I did.
‘No one was more disappointed than me for the reduced World Professional prize fund, not even the Winner of the title Wayne Warren???? I mean how could he be?? He saw the email that was sent out TO ALL PLAYERS BEFORE THE WORLD PROFESSIONALS STARTED AND BEFORE ANYONE THREW A DART!! But not content with just an email, I personally telephoned 47 of the 56 players (Robert Macdoughall and Martyn Moore spoke to the remaining 9) due to play at the 02 beforehand as I believed that they needed to be spoken to personally.
‘Yes people, EVERYONE knew that the prize money was going to be in the region of £150,000 in total, it was also recommended by the players and then approved by the BDO Board that the first and second round money would stay as close to the original pay-out as possible.
‘If you do the Math, after the Ladies and youth pay-out and then the first two rounds in the Men’s event it left about 80,000 for the winner down to the last 16 with every player agreeing to this before that played, I have emails to prove this.
‘My message to people that do not know the FULL FACTS is simple, there will be no police investigation into DES, because apart from doing his best for the company, DES has done nothing wrong.
‘Wayne Warren will NOT be contacting the Police or a Solicitor about DES, nor will the management of Wayne Warren (no matter how much bleating they do all over Social Media) as we all know there has been no wrongdoing by DES, FACT!!!’
With the BDO World Championship now seemingly defunct, Warren has vowed to keep hold of the trophy he won by beating Jim Williams at The O2 in January.
‘Until I get what’s owed to me. That trophy won’t be going nowhere I can assure you of that,’ Warren wrote on Facebook.
‘It’s everybody’s dream to become world champion, it’s been mine since I’ve been a kid,’ Warren told Phill Barrs for Red Dragon in May. ‘But to have what I’ve had, it’s not real is it? It’s a nightmare, not a dream.’
‘The only thing Des did a little bit right, get it [the World Championship] to The O2, but what he did after that was…no go..
‘We knew it definitely wasn’t going to be £100,000, but I heard a lot of rumours it would be £50,000 or £60,000. When I had that email I couldn’t believe it, £23,000, it’s a hell of a cut.
‘£77,000 cut, it would have been life-changing for me at my age.
‘It’s a joke isn’t it? It’s a joke. It’s a calamity, to be honest. The BDO’s gone, there’ll be no more BDO, as far as I’m concerned.’
Jacklin’s latest letter also hit out at former directors Sue and Wayne Williams with accusations of financial mismanagement, continued to wage war against social media critics, and included an enjoyable aside about Des having a passion for tennis.
Despite the chaos that has unfurled over his two-year spell in charge of the BDO, Jacklin continues to be committed to the cause, signing off with another message of defiance.
‘I guess that the People that want to see the downfall of the BDO will continue to post lies (and edited videos) about me, my wife and the BDO on Social Media in order to try and attack the BDO from all angles,’ Des wrote.
‘I will continue to fight for the BDO BICC for as long as you want me as your Chairman, I still believe that with a few minor changes within the organisation and the removal of certain individuals that are “hell bent” on destroying a 47 year company we can be great once more.’
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