The premier event of snooker was today thrown into disarray as reports surfaced today that the 'Blackball' has refused to take part in this years event unless her wage demands are met.
Blackball is apparently dissatisfied with the money on offer from Snookers governing body and was quoted as saying "not only do I get hit more than the other colours, Im worth more points".
Reverend Al Sharpton commented "Its a shame to see a white ball hitting all the coloured balls, especially the blackball. I thought we had overcome this kind of abuse and inequality based on colour decades ago".
Blackball has caused controversy previously in major snooker events, the most famous of which was when she decided not to go into the pocket during the deciding frame of the infamous 1985 world championships' final frame because "[Steve] Davis wasn't giving me a big enough cut".
Organisers are considering bringing in a special purple ball that was first made famous by Oprah Winfrey's portrail in "The Color Purple" when she played an unwanted sphere set in the environment of the Welsh Snooker Open of 1982.