Sunday 21 January 2018

O'Connor hits out at 'selective' justice

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Jack O'Connor has once again hit out at the treatment of Paul Galvin and Tomas O Se this season, suggesting the justice they received was "selective".

Acknowledging that it was "water under the bridge at this stage" and admitting that he is liable to be accused of "sour grapes", O'Connor nonetheless used the forum of Radio Kerry's 'Terrace Talk' to raise the issue of Galvin's suspension after the league match at Pairc Ui Rinn in February.

"It's the one that rankles me big time," O'Connor admitted.

"We produced video evidence afterwards to prove that Paul did nothing that night -- in fact he was the innocent victim and that was the one that caused us grief.

"Yet we got an outcome afterwards that was not satisfactory in our book.

"It was due to this suspension that he got double for the red card against Cork in the championship and he missed the All-Ireland quarter-final. It's the one that grates most on me because I feel that the man was wronged there.

"I am not condoning what he did up in Pairc Ui Chaoimh, nor am I condoning what Tomas O Se did against Limerick; they know themselves that they did wrong. But I believe that the justice they received was selective."

O'Connor has also hit out at elements of the national media, accusing them of being "sensationalist" and not looking at things in an in-depth fashion.

"They are gone a bit sensationalist -- everything is black and white, there is no grey area with them. They tend to go for the quick fix and the sensational stuff and it's hard to take them that seriously because they don't look in depth at things."

Irish Independent

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