Darts player deletes ‘d****’ tweet about Michael van GerwenJune 7, 2022
There appears to be no love lost between darts duo Michael van Gerwen and Jules van Dongen.
The pair met on Friday in the first round of the US Darts Masters at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Both players are Dutch-born, although Van Dongen has resided in American for some time and had had the backing of a lively home ground in the Big Apple. Three-time world champion Van Gerwen won 6-4, but was made to work hard for it by a fired-up Van Dongen. The Green Machine then made what were viewed to be disparaging comments towards Van Dongen.
“I let him into the game but it's the game of his life – his first time in front of his home crowd but I did the right thing at the end,” said Van Gerwen.
In another interview, with Online Darts TV, Van Gerwen was asked about Van Dongen’s attempts to whip up the crowd. He said: “He has to do that, what else can he do. With all due respect, he doesn’t have 20 per cent of the talent I’ve got. You have to do something. With all due respect to him, that’s the facts.”
Those comments haven’t gone down on social media with some fans calling Van Gerwen disrespectful. It was pointed out by one Twitter user that MVG’s comments could back to haunt him in the future.
In reply, Van Dongen tweeted: “D**** come in all shapes and sizes, sometimes they wear green jerseys. I play with my heart I might not have the talent he does but I sure am enjoying it all [heart and US flag emojis].
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Van Dongen soon deleted the tweet before launching a charity fundraiser in conjunction with Van Gerwen.
Van Dongen tweeted: “Let's have some fun and raise $ for charity! Bid on my 2022 bet365 US Darts match-worn jersey against MVG to benefit the MSA [Multiple System Atrophy] Coalition! 20% of the proceeds will be donated to Make-A-Wish Nederland in MVG's name!.”
Van Dongen hit back at Van Gerwen again later in the tournament, which he watched as part of the crowd, tweeting a picture of himself holding a signing reading: “MVG is 1% as good looking as JVD.”
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