^^YES!^^Over the years, Chan has made negative, demeaning or critical comments, often without any provocation, about (in no particular order), Evgeni Plushenko, Johnny Weir, Daisuke Takahashi, Brian Joubert, the WTT, Russian skaters, Chinese skaters, Sochi accommodations and food, Denis Ten, Andrei Rogozine/lower-ranked Canadian men, Skate Canada (the event and his federation) and probably some others that I have forgotten. Is it not to be expected that a skater who is often negative about others will become the subject of criticism himself? Especially one so prominent and successful?
I'm not justifying people who are truly trolling, but not everyone who is critical of Chan/his skating is trolling or being hostile. Yet often criticism that is perfectly reasonable is dismissed by his fans as being motivated by hatred, and some of Chan's more comments are written off because the target of the criticism "deserved it", because Patrick is "so honest" and "tells it like it is", or because "he's young and inexperienced, he'll learn" (Patrick is 22 and in his 6th senior season - as someone noted, that makes him a very slow learner), and due to "bad journalists twisting his comments" (certainly possible, in DiManno's case, but it's not always DiManno). I don't blame him for getting marks that he doesn't (IMO) deserve, or for taking advantage of the system to pack in the points, but I do blame him for sometimes acting like an entitled brat about his career and for the lack of respect he has shown fellow skaters at times.