To answer my earlier questions, Sir Rodney Walker has taken the quite extraordinary step of personally excusing Ronnie O'Sullivan from having to give media interviews at the Saga Insurance Masters.
A statement read: "Last week’s meeting between Sir Rodney Walker, Ronnie O’Sullivan and his manager has been well reported by the media.
"As a result of information conveyed to him by Ronnie at the meeting in connection with ongoing difficulties in his personal life, Sir Rodney agreed, in the exceptional circumstances in which Ronnie finds himself at this time, that for the SAGA Insurance Masters, he would be excused from fulfilling the normal contractual requirements with the media and sponsors which all players are required to undertake.
"Sir Rodney informed the chair of the sport’s disciplinary committee of his decision at the start of the tournament. Sir Rodney understands and accepts that his decision will be a disappointment to the media and the tournament sponsor SAGA Insurance.
"He is however convinced that to expose Ronnie to the added pressures of exposure to the media, at the moment, would not be in the interests of the player, the tournament and the sport and hopes that everyone would accept that his decision has not been taken lightly."
So it's now clear: O'Sullivan can do whatever he likes and the chairman of the game's governing body will protect him.
It will blow up in his face at some point and, when it does, you won't find a single journalist who has any sympathy whatsoever for him.