And, he didn't.
Here's what happened from my point of view after hearing a few comments from him: He wasn't happy with the tournament and therefore couldn't play his best with that distraction.
Danielson played in a tournament that he was already apprehensive about playing in because he had some concerns about how the tournament was being run.
I can't stress enough that playing in a tournament where we feel respected, treated fairly, and appreciated for participating go A LONG way into our tournament experience. We want honesty, openness and respect. How can anyone have a good time if those things are missing?
Let's face it, it's already tough to compete. We have distractions, dang mental toughness getting in the way, invisible pressure from the what ifs, distractions from home/personal life, players who shark, etc. That's already a lot, lol! But ADD to all that when we don't feel appreciated by the Tournament Director, makes one not even want to play.
That's a tough atmosphere to play in if you don't feel welcomed. I'm not saying they are trying to kick Danielson out the door and I'm not saying the red carpet wasn't laid out for him (wait a minute - where was my red carpet??). But what I AM saying is feeling comfortable, appreciated, respected, treated equally, etc., will keep us showing up even with the other distractions.
Back then there was a group of pool playing bloggers who wrote about the same topic every month. We called the project, PoolSynergy. And that month we were to "write about any aspect of an event that you enjoyed and appreciated." And I said: "Well, for me, the best tournament experience is one where I feel appreciated and respected. That goes a long way to make the perfect tournament experience for me!" And then I went into detail and gave real-life examples and situations. Please go read it HERE.
How could Danielson play well under conditions were he didn't feel comfortable or respected about putting in his time to come compete? He can't. Well, he could - but it's super tough.
I applaud him for going to the event even though he had apprehensions and a gut feeling, because now those feelings are solidified. And he wont have to waste money on that event any more.