Chris Ferguson is far from the most-popular guy at the 2016 WSOP. The former Full Tilt Poker board member was helping make decisions when the site failed to repay $444 million in player money after Black Friday. And Daniel Negreanu recently made his feelings clear that he has a major issue with Ferguson being at the 2016 WSOP.
“I am a very forgiving person, but usually you have to ask for forgiveness before you can get it,” Negreanu said. “Clearly he doesn’t give a shit, responding with ‘What are you talking about?’ when people said he owed the poker world an apology.”
Negreanu is referring to early attempts made by PokerNews to interview Ferguson on the Full Tilt fiasco. “Jesus” refused to give any comment, stating that he was “just here to play poker.”
Ferguson has continued to refuse interviews over the matter or even acknowledge any wrongdoing with the company. And this led Negreanu to say the following:
“Let me explain it to you Chris: You were part of a company, a very prominent part, asking people to trust you and the company. You made millions and millions of dollars off of this company, then you hid for five years when things got out of shape. Then you said nothing at all. Whether you’re guilty or not, you’ve said nothing, which makes you guilty. If you don’t feel like you’re guilty, say so. Say something. You asked for the players to trust in you, don’t you believe they’re owed some kind of apology? Any man with a shred of integrity or human decency would understand an apology is owed.”
What makes Negreanu even angrier is that Howard Lederer – another former Full Tilt exec who’s playing at the WSOP – did issue an apology.
“The fact is that [Lederer] humbled himself, and knew that it would be inappropriate for him to just come back without some sort of statement, and he did that. He went through the right channels,” said Negreanu. “This guy Chris, he just shows up and it’s like ‘Fuck you guys, I don’t even need to do nothing.’ Be a man and take responsibility. Even if it’s not all your fault, take responsibility for your part in it. You signed autographs, you took pictures, you were in ads promoting a company that ended up fucking a lot of people. Take ownership of that, at the very least.”
PokerNews reached out to Ferguson for a comment about what Negreanu said. But Jesus continues to avoid the issue, saying “no comment for now.”
Considering how it doesn’t look like Ferguson will issue an apology any time soon, Negreanu continues to wait for answers. And the 6-time WSOP champion said that he’ll even ask Ferguson for some answers himself if they end up at the same table.