Ronnie O'Sullivan says he is "not having any opinions" following the backlash to his comments on Tuesday that he would not allow his son to be a snooker player given the current state of the snooker tour.
John Higgins called O'Sullivan's comments "a disgrace" while Elliot Slessor publicly backed The Rocket's suggestion by urging snooker chiefs to pay player expenses or cut back the size of the sport's professional tour.
After beating Liang Wenbo 4-3 in a thrilling encounter on Wednesday night, O'Sullivan said he will be keeping his opinions to himself from now on.
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"I'm not having any opinions," he told Eurosport after the match.
"I gave my opinion yesterday and I wish I hadn't. I'm not saying nothing. I don't want to get involved.
"I'm really not interested. I'm really detached and when I say something I wonder 'why do I bother?'
"I'd rather not. Let the players get their little players union together. They have to stick together and if they want changes then they have to do it in unison. Count me out.
"Those days are gone for me. Count me out. I'd rather sit on the fence and enjoy the moments of playing and every part of it.
I'd rather not say anything and just mind my own business.
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Eurosport pundit Alan McManus believes O'Sullivan's post-match comments should not always be taken too seriously.
He added: "When you are a figure like Ronnie is in the game it almost doesn't matter what you say. It's going to be taken one way or the other. That's the territory. That's life.
"Communication is king in top level sport and life in general. It's not bad. I don't think anyone can get overly serious about it not that we are. I think it's all good."
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