Wednesday 26 October 2016

Tomas Ó Sé: 'Scumbag' remark was clumsy..I knew I was in trouble when Joe Brolly backed me

Published 14/05/2016 | 02:30

Tomás Ó Sé during his playing days against Dublin
Tomás Ó Sé during his playing days against Dublin
Tomás O’Sé. Photo: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE

Former Kerry footballer Tomás Ó Sé said he regrets using the word 'scumbag' last week to describe the Dublin footballers. He said his choice of words to describe the All-Ireland winners' ruthlessness was clumsy.

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However, writing in today's Irish Independent Sport section, he stands by his point and only regrets one word of what he said.

"My use of the word 'scumbags' last Sunday was not intended to be in any way derogatory," he wrote.

"I've never held myself up as some kind of Wordsworth in front of a live microphone and maybe this episode tells you why. When I was a player, I ran from media interviews for the simple reason that I couldn't do that.

"I just feared I'd always be susceptible to a loose phrase or expression that could end up on a wall in the opposition dressing-room. This week you can probably see why."

Ó Sé was lambasted for his use of the word "scumbag" on RTÉ last Sunday in a preview show for this season's All-Ireland Championship.

He added he knew he must be in trouble when Joe Brolly came to his defence.

"Joe is maybe more comfortable in this neck of the woods than me. As a barrister, he has the language skills to beat away what fires he lights," said Mr Ó Sé.

Read the full column here at 2pm.

Irish Independent

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