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'I felt physically sick': Tyrone star reveals how he ended up in gay porn video to feed his gambling addiction

Published 14/10/2016 | 14:43

Tyrone defender Cathal McCarron has opened up about his harrowing gambling addiction in a revealing interview ahead of the release of his autobiography.

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Speaking to the Irish News, McCarron, who was nominated for an All Star this year, spoke about how he resorted to appearing in a gay porn video to fund his gambling addiction.

The Tyrone corner back was paid £3000 to appear in the video, but gambled away almost all of it within two days. In a searingly honest interview,McCarron says he responded to an ad looking for 'male models' but quickly discovered what the company was actually looking for.

Against his better judgement, he agreed to appear in the video.

"The money was an obvious appeal, but the risk was still too great," he said to the Irish News.

"They sold it to me on the basis that they only dealt with US hotels, where the porn was exclusive to the hotels' pay-per-view channels.

"Anyone in their right mind knows that uploaded material can appear anywhere, but I wasn't in my right mind. I accepted the offer of some work.

"As we had sexual intercourse, I did everything to suppress my real emotions, to dislocate myself from the moment. All I was thinking about was the money I was going to receive afterwards.

"When the filming was over I felt physically sick, disgusted that I had allowed myself to sink into such an abyss of degradation and humiliation."

McCarron says that by 7.30pm the following day, almost all the money he had made was gone. The video was filmed in London, where McCarron travelled to after allegedly receiving a threat from a man on behalf of the IRA over his gambling.

"This wasn't just advice," he said.

"He was carrying a threat from the IRA. He told me that if I didn't leave, I'd be shot. He said they were coming to the house that night to carry out their threat and shoot me," he said."

The Tyrone player has since gotten help with his addiction and is now one of the country's best defenders.

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