'Shameful Irish' - American media outlet slams Paul Brady's Irish detractors after inclusion on all-time list of athletes
Published 25/02/2016 | 15:31
The American media outlet who named Irish handball legend Paul Brady as one of the top 15 athletes ever, have spoken out against those in Ireland they claim made light of the Cavan man’s inclusion.
While Brady is widely considered to be the greatest handball players of all time, there was genuine shock in some quarters to see him mentioned among the likes of Pele, Michael Jordan, Bruce Lee and Michael Phelps.
Last week, TheSkinny365 outlet placed Brady at 14th in their short list of the top 15 global athletes of all time, a place above Serena Williams and one behind martial arts supremo Lee.
In the aftermath of the list being published, The Skinny365’s Michael Ewing said he received a phone call from an Irish media outlet.
"When we received this call, we quickly realized they were attempting to do a tired Howard Stern like prank. They actually called us while they were on the air, in an attempt to discredit the notion that Paul Brady is worthy of claiming a spot on the list and to educate us on the many more deserving Irishmen ahead of Brady for the distinction.
"They went as far as to say the article has 'proven to be extremely controversial, and outrageously included only one Irish athlete'. When quizzing each other on who might be the lone Irishman on the list, the hosts were unable to even come up with Brady as a possible candidate.
"When it was revealed that the Irishman is in fact Paul Brady, one of the hosts, presumably an aspiring comedian, said, “Paul Brady, not the folk singer… NO! not to be confused with the folk singer Paul Brady.”
Ewing continued by stating that he was an avid handball fan and realised that likes of Roy Keane, Christy Ring or Rory McIlroy were athletes that many Irish people would wish to see recognised. However, such is Brady’s achievements on the handball court, Ewing was adamant that he was well worthy of his place in such rarefied company.
“I have met Paul on multiple occasions and he is as much a gentleman off the court as he is an animal on it. Ireland should be extremely proud of Paul and proud of themselves for helping raise such a great champion.
“For an athlete of such relatively small fame to find his way on to a list of the 15 greatest athletes is an accomplishment that should be relished and praised by the people of his home country, not mocked or laughed at.
“That some of his own countrymen attempted to make a joke of Mr. Brady’s inclusion is shameful. Not that he needs any defending, his resume speaks for itself, but we will continue to defend Paul Brady and congratulate him along with the other 14 athletes who made the top 15. They are all well deserving of the honours they receive.”