James Wade has apologised for his behaviour during last night's World Darts Championship victory against Seigo Asada, which was derided as "thuggish" on Sky Sports by Wayne Mardle. Wade roared in Asada's face during last night's match, and then gave a strange interview in which he said it was his desire to "to hurt him, I wanted to really hurt him in his face".
Wade has this morning apologised, saying that it was a result of having 'a hypomania episode' - a euphoric high phase which comes with manic depression. Wade suffers from bipolar disorder.
He released the following statement on Twitter.
I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely apologise for my actions last night.
Seigo Asada is a great player and I would like to say sorry to him, the fans and the PDC. Anyone who has followed my professional career will know this was very out of character for me, and I am disappointed in myself with the way I acted both on the stage and in my interviews after the match.
I was fighting a battle with myself before I even got on the stage due to a hypomania episode which can happen to me at any time, and no-one is more upset than I am about what happened.
I would like to again apologise and hope that people can understand how remorseful I am.