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Bristow’s Bust

29 November 2016 | Billy Thompson

Celebrity Twitter rants. We’ve all seen them before. Sometimes they’re hilarious, sometimes cringe worthy, sometimes downright offensive. The latest one has come from none other than ex darts player and I'm a Celebrity contestant Mr Eric Bristow MBE.

The five-time world darts champion has caused outrage on Twitter, after he went on a rant about the current football child abuse scandal.

Bristow started off his rant with the Tweet: “Might be a looney but if some football coach was touching me when i was a kid as i got older i would have went back and sorted that poof out”.

Good for you, Eric. Putting aside the fact that years of sustained abuse will have changed your outlook/approach to life indescribably, you should probably best to have kept that thought to yourself, if if that is how you believe you'd have handled the matter.

Bristow went on to make some ridiculous comments regarding the footballers who suffered the abuse, calling them “wimps” and suggesting they weren’t “proper” men, unlike darts players. I’m sorry, Eric, mate, but this isn’t the 1970’s anymore. Calling a sexual abuse victim, a “wimp” is not okay and neither is calling someone a poof. He soon corrected himself by tweeting “Sorry meant paedo not poof”.

Sure you did, Eric, sure you did. This is quite obviously terrible PR for Bristow and no doubt the nail in the coffin for any future media work. As of this morning, he has been dropped by Sky Sports, where he regularly worked as a commentator and pundit during its darts coverage.

Lots of Twitter users are now calling for Bristow’s MBE to be stripped from him. In the meantime, I’m sure lots will be waiting for an apology from the ex darts champ. However, I wouldn’t be too hopeful as Eric tweeted “I tell the truth if u dont like it tough”.

Moral of the story: If you have outdated, controversial and downright Neanderthal views, they (and you) should probably stay far away from Twitter, especially if you’re a celebrity.

*UPDATE. Bristow has apologised, sort of, on GMTV.