Darts: Jesus thrown out of Cash Converters Players’ Championship at Butlins at Minehead, Somerset
“IT was all very weird and distressing. I didn’t break down crying but I did get emotionally distraught. They were bullying me and picking on me, saying that I was someone else. It would have been okay if the security hadn’t made a fuss getting me out of the arena. I was evicted for something I have no control over. I felt discriminated against. After the tournament ended, I must admit a lot of people went to get autographs and signed photos from me.
“I signed a few pieces of paper – but in my real name, not Jesus.”
So says Nathan Grindal, of Abingdon, Oxfordshire, of his experience at the Cash Converters Players’ Championship at Butlins’ at Minehead, Somerset. Grindal had been enjoying Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor take on Kim ‘The Hurricane’ Huybrechts when someone thought he looked like Jesus. A chant of “Jeeee-sus” began. Others took it up. Six bouncer’s then threw Jesus out in case his presence upset the players.
“After the match Phil Taylor said something like ‘if I ever see Jesus again, I’ll crucify him myself’. Now that’s just hurtful. I love darts, but I’m worried about ever going to see it live again, just in case the crowd turns on me like they did last time.'”
Taylor did not paint targets on Grindal’s palms and ankles.