Rory McIlroy responded to criticism from Butch Harmon at the British Open...his remarks are a blueprint for any athlete dealing with negative commentary and press, no? 

“It’s easy to make comments when you don’t know what’s happening. I haven’t spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn’t know what I’m working on in my swing. He doesn’t know what’s in my head. So it’s easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what’s happening, I just really don’t take any notice of it.”