Sunday 25 February 2018

'It's like he has this need to insult people at a personal level' - James Horan slams Joe Brolly

James Horan and Joe Brolly
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Former Mayo manager and player James Horan has taken aim at Joe Brolly for the contents of his Sunday Independent column where he described Mayo players as 'spoiled, sponsored, mollycoddled blame-everybody-else brats'.

Brolly, who has been highly critical of Mayo in recent years, questioned Mayo's temperament and drive and claimed that when 'they surrender every time it is brought to them' in big games.

Mayo take on reigning champions Dublin today hoping to bridge a 65-year wait since their last All-Ireland triumph.

Horan was livid with the accusations and told Off The Ball on Newstalk: "For research purposes I read his article today because I think most of them are pretty rubbish to be honest

"Joe Brolly is an entertainer. He says some facts that are good or relevant but then it goes off into hysteria and mayhem.

"The biggest problem I have with him is that he personalises everything. If you go back through the last couple of years you have the Sean Cavanagh thing, the Peter Canavan thing... he just personalises things too much for me and I don't know why he does it.

"I think it's like he has this need to insult people at a personal level and I don't know why that is.

"He often references the true gaels and what the GAA can be and that camaraderie and togetherness and he is the complete opposite of that, he tries to split things up and be devisive."

The fact that Brolly called into question the character and commitment of the Mayo players irked Horan

"'What kind of men are they?' It is very similar to the Sean Cavanagh thing, 'Sean Cavanagh can forget about being a man' ... I think that is absolute rubbish.

"What he does just isn't right. Why go after people's character? I just don't think that's right or appropriate and I think he should know better. That's just my position.

"He has no idea what these Mayo guys? How much they put in. How much they've sacrificed.

"Sometimes you just have to have some common sense.

"I just think Joe crosses that line too much for me."

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