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"Man is a textbook narcissist" - Tennis fans still unhappy with Patrick Mouratoglou over Simona Halep's doping scandal

Simona Halep (L) and Patrick Mouratoglou (R)
Simona Halep (L) and Patrick Mouratoglou (R)

Patrick Mouratoglou finally took to social media to release a full statement regarding Simona Halep and her doping suspension, but tennis fans continue to remain unamused with the way the Frenchman has dealt with the situation.

In his statement, Mouratoglou revealed that he had been mostly silent over the last week as he was focused on putting his energy into helping the Romanian "establish the truth." He further assured fans that Halep was a "model of integrity" and that he believed 100% in her innocence.

"Since Simona's positive test last week, I have chosen to stay relatively silent. My priority has been to put my energy into helping her and supporting her in establishing the truth every day," Mouratoglou said. "Knowing Simona so well, I can assure that she is a model of integrity...I trust her 100%."

Users on Twitter, however, were not convinced, with many chiming in that his statement was too self-centered and that he was simply trying to save face after the backlash he received for his near-silence.

One fan went as far as to say that Mouratoglou was only trying to grab the spotlight after watching Halep's former coach Darren Cahill receive plaudits from social media for his impassioned defense of the former World No. 1 in a long, emotional letter.

"He saw Cahill's statement getting love and decided to get that spotlight too."
he saw Cahill's statement getting love and decided to get that spotlight too twitter.com/marioboc17/sta…

Another user also pointed out the differences between Mouratoglou's and Cahill's statements, noting how the Frenchman came off as a narcissist while Cahill put Halep in focus.

"Notice the difference between his statement and Cahill’s. Cahill centers Simo in his lengthy response (as he should) while Patrick centers himself alongside Simo. Man is a textbook narcissist."
Notice the difference between his statement and Cahill’s. Cahill centers Simo in his lengthy response (as he should) while Patrick centers himself alongside Simo. Man is a textbook narcissist twitter.com/yampapii/statu…

Here are some more reactions from fans:

shouldve said this from the beginning, trying to save face now twitter.com/yampapii/statu…
That first paragraph 💀 Like, OK Patrick, we know you weren't poisoning her food with gear. At least he explained why he's hardly said anything up to now. twitter.com/yampapii/statu…
@Svitoflopina You are so right. It sounds totally contrived.
@Svitoflopina Difference is that Cahill seems genuine from the get-go, this turd @pmouratoglou is just making everything about him.
In true Patrick fashion, it’s mostly about him 🤔 twitter.com/marioboc17/sta…
“I”“My”“Me”Se n gbo werey? He must answer for his crimes in this life @jesus twitter.com/marioboc17/sta…
How can someone write so many words and after reading all of them to still have the impression they didn't write a single word? 💆 https://t.co/xxyOCUmHJl
When it comes to positive messages, seeing the difference between Cahill's and Mouratoglou's is night and dayBeing respectful of privacy is one thing, to join another players team in the midst of this incident is another twitter.com/popalorena/sta…
@popalorena He needs to have his team investigated as far as I'm concerned
Whatever that means... 😭 twitter.com/popalorena/sta…

"I don’t think we should say that Simona Halep, in this case, is a victim" - Patrick McEnroe

Simona Halep at the National Bank Open Toronto
Simona Halep at the National Bank Open Toronto

Meanwhile, Patrick McEnroe is of the opinion that it is wrong to think of Simona Halep as a victim in this situation, commenting that she is a grown woman who should be held responsible for her carelessness. As an athlete, McEnroe noted, the two-time Grand Slam champion should have been more mindful of the things that were entering her body, irrespective of how it happened or from whom it came.

"I don’t think we should say that Simona Halep, in this case, is a victim. You have to be, as an athlete, responsible. She’s a grown woman. She’s a very successful tennis player throughout her career," Patrick McEnroe said.

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