Rodney Morris Threatens to Quit U.S. Open 9-Ball
U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships / Chesapeake, VA
“Rocket” Rodney Morris matched up against former world champion Earl Strickland on the Accu-Stats table in the 7 p.m. featured match. Though Strickland had an early 4-2 lead, Morris fought back to tie the score at 4-all. At that point, shooting out of a safety by Strickland, Morris fluked in the 9 ball to take the lead 5-4.
Nonplussed, Strickland didn’t win another game. Though he was allowed to the table several times, he seemed to lose interest when it came down to the final couple of balls and didn’t give them the attention they required. Morris was able to win the match 11-4, making it into the final 16 on the winners’ side.
During this time, Morris’ wife Shayna and their two children were allegedly asked to vacate the conference center because Barry was worried that they were disturbing the peace. Morris was not pleased to find this out after his match and said, “Barry won’t let my wife and kids in, so I forfeit.”
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Later, though, Morris relented. “It’s sad that my two kids can’t watch me play my matches,” he stated, “but I owe it to my fans and family to try to pay the bills and perform. At the end of the day, this is the game that I love, and I can’t let somebody get me so upset that I don’t want to do what I love to do.”
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