Horse racing is used to refusals, but rarely do they come from decorated jockeys like Davy Russell.
Russell was speaking to journalist Bruce Millington of the Racing Post, as he continues his recovery from a horrendous fall last November.
The exchange came on 'Luck on Sunday' on Racing TV.
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Millington asked Russell: "The rehab, some of the things we have heard about hanging weights off - it sounds almost unendurable.
"How do you summon the courage to go through that? It just sounds so tough."
But Russell said: "Yeah. I tell you Bruce I'd rather not talk to you.
"If Nick [Luck, the show's presenter] wants to ask me questions that's fine. I'll talk to him all day long and you can write whatever you want to write in the paper, but I would rather just talk to Nick if at all possible."