Snooker Champion Denies Accepting Islam - Islam Online
- Snooker Champion Denies Accepting Islam
LONDON, October 4 (IslamOnline.net) - Former world
snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan denied recent media
reports, quoting his mother, that he embraced Islam,
reported a leading British newspaper Friday, October
"There has been some confusion recently. I am not a
Muslim. However, I am privileged with the friendship
of Muslims who have been there for me and I value
(them) as true friends," he was quoted by the Guardian
O'Sullivans mother Maria told The Sunday Times on
September 28 that he son has accepted Islam.
"Ronnie is a lot better in himself since he converted.
I hope it will steady him," she had said.
"Yes, I'm interested in Islam, but I'm also interested
in Buddhism and Christianity. Perhaps I've been naive
and given people the wrong impression, and if I have
I'm sorry, " O'Sullivan said.
"It was a bit stupid of me, I suppose. I went along to
a mosque because I'm interested in Islam, but I didn't
know anyone would be interested in converting me.
"Actually, even when they called me to the front of
the mosque I didn't know what was happening. They were
O'Sullivan said he was in two minds whether to make
any public statement about the "conversion" but felt
it was important to set the record straight before the
new season starts at Preston this weekend.
"Everyone knows I'm not the most disciplined of
fellas," he admitted. "I suppose that's why the press
thought it was such a good story."
O'Sullivan overcame a troubled childhood, in which his
father was jailed for murder and his mother for tax
offences, to win snooker's world championship in 2001.
Despite his precocious talent, the 27-year-old has
battled drink and drug addiction as well as
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