Adam Smith-Neale secured his return to the PDC ProTour on the last day of Q-School but a lot of the darting fraternity took to social media to show their dismay at the former World Master winning through.
Smith-Neale won the World Masters in 2018 which secured him a spot at the BDO World Championship which he played with a broken leg.
But it is the antics off the stage with many dubbing 'Big Dog' a scammer for reportedly selling match used dart boards and the customers not receiving them.
Smith-Neale wants to assert himself on the PDC circuit after return: ''I have shown I can do some damage''
A petition has been set up even to remove him from the tour and Paul Nicholson admitted that it won't just be the fans that don't want him on the tour with a target now on his back.
"In all the time I’ve been involved in the sport, I’ve never known anyone as universally unpopular among the darting fraternity as Adam Smith-Neale,” Nicholson said in his column for Sporting Life. “And that’s saying something considering some of the competition for that honour!
“He’s got a tarnished reputation to put it mildly for how he’s behaved away from the oche and now he has the opportunity to try and repair it. However, there’s a target on his back and when he’s in action on the Pro Tour, a lot of players will want to take him out and shut him up.
“The fans don’t like him and even set up a petition to take away his Tour Card! I can’t ever remember that happening to anyone else.
“When he played at the Lakeside on crutches with a broken leg a few years ago, a lot of players were laughing because he was the one who once jumped on Simon Whitlock and damaged his ankle. It hasn’t been the same since.”