Tomás Ó Sé clarifies comments after claiming Dublin have a 'scumbag' element
Kerry legend Tomás Ó Sé has clarified comments he made on RTE which sparked fury among supporters of Jim Gavin's Dublin.
After their comprehensive victory the Kingdom in the league final, giving them a fourth consecutive success in the competition, most analysts have been asking if there is any county left to challenge them seriously for Sam Maguire this summer.
Speaking at the launch of RTE's Championship coverage, Ó Sé was very complimentary about the current All-Ireland and league champions and claimed that their strength was down to the mix of players they had at their disposal.
“This Dublin team is mentally tough. They can win, they can lose, they can win dirty, they can win when they play poorly,” he told RTÉ Sport.
“They have a mixture of great players. They have a mixture of, for the want of a better word, a scumbag when they need somebody on the team to do the nasty things.
“It’s not only that they have the great players, they have a system of play and everyone is buying into that system.
“They have good management and they are strong all over the field. They have everything you need to make a good team great.
“At the moment they are the best in the land. Whether they are the greatest ever I’m not too sure.”
His use of the word 'scumbag' did not sit well with a lot of Dublin fans:
I suppose a man doing this in a game would know what a scumbag is. https://t.co/TIldDg4MsN— Sean Lee (@34seanLee) May 8, 2016
Evening Dubs!— Dubs Supporters (@DubsSupporters) May 8, 2016
So according to Tomas O'Se we are scumbags? Granted great scumbags, but scumbags nonetheless. And... https://t.co/U9HeDkLUy5
Ó Sé took to Twitter to clarify his views and withdrew his use of the word scumbag.
Don't think the dubs are scumbags at all.poor choice of words. Meant that they have a few scamps. All great teams have them.— Tomás Ó Sé (@tomas5ky) May 8, 2016