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GAA pundit Joe Brolly apologises over 'ugly' jibe at RTE colleague

By Staff Reporter

Published 25/05/2015

Joe Brolly
Joe Brolly
Marty Morrissey

Outspoken Gaelic football pundit Joe Brolly has put his foot in it again after he described the tactics of a team as comparable to an RTE colleague's looks - ugly.

The former All-Ireland winner with Derry has previously labelled Cavan "the Black Death of Ulster football", but stunned Sunday Game presenter Michael Lyster live on air when he compared the Breffni men to the popular sports presenter.

"We're starting to get used to it (Cavan's defensive approach)," said Brolly on RTE's Sunday Game ahead of Cavan's live Ulster quarter-final clash with Monaghan at Kingspan Breffni Park.

"I suppose in a way we're just starting to live with it.

"I've referred to Cavan in recent years as the Black Death because the football has been, as some people have said, as ugly as Marty Morrissey."

The 45-year-old barrister and former player from Dungiven added: "I should apologise... to the people of Cavan for that."

But less than impressed Lyster said: "Apologise to Marty Morrissey for a start."

Brolly apologised for his remarks at half-time in the game and Lyster left him in no doubt that the words he said should not have been uttered.

"I want to say that what I said about Marty Morrissey was said in a spirit of affection, not literally," Brolly told viewers.

"We appreciate that, because it was out of order," added Lyster.

There was much reaction to the comments on social media, with many describing them as harsh.

"Who does Joe Brolly think he is? Definitely not God's gift," wrote Twitter user Eilish Treanor.

"Cavan football as ugly as Marty Morrissey says Joe Brolly, the Dungiven George Clooney," wrote Roy Curtis.

Bookies quickly priced up Brolly at 5/1 to be suspended by RTE.

"Joe Brolly just stepped over the line yet again on the Sunday Game and we believe that RTE may well take it seriously this time," said BoyleSports spokesman Liam Glynn.

But the chances of RTE dumping Brolly completely are low, according to the bookie they are 20/1.

Brolly actually has a better chance of becoming the next Irish President at 16/1, according to another bookie.

Almost exactly a year ago Brolly was ordered by RTE not to make any more controversial remarks after he branded Sky Sports' new GAA presenter Rachel Wyse a "Baywatch babe".

"It is a formula designed to titillate their largely male audience," he wrote.

Brolly quickly apologised for his "crass" remarks on Twitter after he was inundated with a barrage of angry comments criticising him.

And in 2013, Brolly ignited heated political debate when he said it was "nobody else's business" if GAA clubs and trophies were named after dead republican terrorists.

Further Reading

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