Some fear the John Higgins scandal is the end for snooker; the rest of us fear it isn't.
He isn't the first player to be allegedly snookered by a brown envelope, or at least the promise of one, but he's the first world No.1.
There are those who accept Higgins' alibi and believe the tabloid sting was a frame-up -but his 'Russian mafia' excuse would have held more water if he'd notified snooker bigwigs on his return to the UK.
The fact he kept schtum does him no favours.
And besides, Russia is not known for its contribution to snooker other than that bloke Inoff The Red. In Russia a cue is what you stand in to buy cabbage.
The big question from the video evidence made public at the weekend is this: who was thicker - Higgins and his manager or the tabloid sting merchants?
They were allegedly offering £260,000 not to fix a match at a high-ranking tournament but a single frame in what amounted to a series of four exhibition games. In other words the kind of events you'd struggle to get a fiver on.
Their figures were so wide of the ballpark you half-expected them to push their little finger to their lips, Dr Evil-like, when uttering them.
That Higgins seemingly failed to smell a rat is damning proof he's even dumber than he looks, which I wouldn't have believed was possible.
I'm told that between £5,000 and £10,000 would be enough to get a jockey to throw a run-of-the-mill race on an odds-on favourite - economically viable for crooks because they could earn 10 times that from such a con - so who in their right minds would pay a snooker player, even a world No.1, £250,000 to lose a frame in pretty much a non-event?
Who in their right minds would believe such an offer was genuine?
But the most startling revelation in the whole Kiev sting - stinging in Ukraine - was that snooker matches are artificially lengthened to fill allocated TV air-time.
It makes you wonder about all those finalframe cliffhangers that kept us entranced in the 80s.
All those games that could have finished 13-2 but instead went to 13-12 just because it suited TV (and of course snooker).
Steve Davis must be wondering just how committed Higgins was in their Crucible showdown when the Scot played like someone who'd just placed 50p on the side of the table and said 'I'm on next.'
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