Monday 20 January 2020

Questions over handling of O'Sullivan case

Kerry footballer Brendan O'Sullivan. Photo: Sam Barnes / SPORTSFILE
Kerry footballer Brendan O'Sullivan. Photo: Sam Barnes / SPORTSFILE

Peter Canavan

The whole episode with Brendan O'Sullivan left me cold.

Whatever about the ins and outs of thing, it's the manner of the handling of the issue that worried me. In this case we have a player who was found guilty and he was subsequently banned. He served his suspension. But for some reason I can't understand, there wasn't a word about it until the Sunday Independent article last weekend.

I just don't understand why this has come out the way it has. Why did it take an article in a newspaper and a statement from Kerry to shed some light on it?

There seems to be no rhyme or reason to how this was handled, particularly as it seems to be accepted he ingested the substance accidentally.

So why weren't we shouting from the rooftops about it, warning other players about the pitfalls of this kind of stuff?

For the record, I have no problem with testing and I think that most players don't either. It's important not only to have a clean sport but to demonstrate to everyone that we have a clean sport.

But there needs to be some sort of established protocol for how these things come out, particularly as you're dealing with amateur players whose reputation and careers outside of the GAA are on the line.

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