The splutter of indignation has always been a popular response with backpedalling Irishmen
So what are we to make of Eamonn Fitzmaurice's lengthy explanation of Kerry's role in the Brendan O'Sullivan doping saga? Not much if Dr Una May, Sport Ireland's anti-doping chief, is to be believed.
Dr May seems infuriated by what she sees as Fitzmaurice's insistence that the most important aspect of the case was the leaking of information to this newspaper.
She also denied the manager's claim that Sport Ireland had told O'Sullivan over the phone that he was going to be banned for four years, and emphasised that any delay in the case was caused not by Sport Ireland, as Fitzmaurice had implied, but by the GAA's insistence on taking the legal route on behalf of the player.