Thursday 21 November 2019

Brolly gets a yellow card for his 'ugly' jibe at Marty

Sports pundit Joe Brolly
Sports pundit Joe Brolly
Marty Morrissey with his long-term partner Liz Richardson
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

RTÉ have reprimanded sports pundit, Joe Brolly following his derogatory comments about Marty Morrissey's appearance on last weekend's 'Sunday Game Live'.

Brolly described Morrissey as "ugly" during the broadcast of the Monaghan-Cavan Ulster Championship.

"Some people have said that Cavan football is as ugly as Marty Morrissey," he said before adding: "I should apologise . . . to the people of Cavan for that."

Brolly attempted to retract the comment at half-time, claiming: "What I said about Marty Morrissey was said in a spirit of affection."

However, RTÉ failed to see the humour in Brolly's jibe describing it as "ill-conceived".

Head of RTÉ Sport, Ryle Nugent, stated "similar comments" would "not be tolerated" in the future.

"Joe is acutely aware that his ill-conceived attempt at humour was both inappropriate and extremely hurtful and had no place in any broadcast," Nugent said.

"Joe is fully cognisant of the fact that similar comments in any future broadcast cannot and will not be tolerated."

He added that Brolly had offered a heart-felt apology to Morrissey which he had "graciously accepted".

It is not the first time Brolly's attempted jokes have landed him in hot water. Last year, he was forced to apologise after describing Sky Sports presenter Rachel Wyse as a "Baywatch babe".

Marty Morrissey refused to comment when contacted last night.

"Ryle Nugent has issued a statement and I won't be saying anything further," he said.

Speaking in this week's edition of the 'RTÉ Guide', Morrissey informed readers that he did not consider himself a "ladies man".

"I love a bit of fun, having a bit of craic. I never met Georgia Salpa and only saw the back of Cindy Crawford," he said.

"But no, I wouldn't consider myself a ladies' man at all, far from it.

"I enjoy people, male and female and enjoy the banter but that is just my personality."

Morrissey has a long-term partner, Liz Richardson, whom he met while working in a Cork radio station in the 1990s. "She is a very private person," he said. "My rock and confidante."

Irish Independent

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