Thursday 18 January 2018

RTE tell Joe Brolly 'similar comments won't be tolerated' after Marty Morrissey 'ugly' jibe

Joe Brolly
Joe Brolly
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

The Sunday Game pundit Joe Brolly has been warned about his "ill-conceived" comments regarding Marty Morrissey at the weekend.

Brolly landed himself in hot water after an ill-judged comment about his colleague during coverage of the Monaghan-Cavan Ulster championship encounter on Sunday, stunning presenter Michael Lyster when he compared Cavan to popular presenter Morrissey – and not in a favourable way.

“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 said sorry for his remarks at half time in the game, adding: “I want to say that what I said about Marty Morrissey was said in a spirit of affection not literally.”

However RTE head of sport, Ryle Nugent, issued a statement today stating that the broadcaster will not tolerate any similar comments in the future.

"I have spoken with Joe Brolly about the comments he made in relation to RTE Sport’s GAA Correspondent and commentator Marty Morrissey on last weekend’s Sunday Game Live broadcast," he said.

"Joe is acutely aware that his ill-conceived attempt at humour was both inappropriate and extremely hurtful and had no place in any broadcast. Further, Joe is fully cognisant of the fact that similar comments in any future broadcast cannot and will not be tolerated. "

Nugent also confirmed that the 1993 All-Ireland winner with Derry had contacted Morrissey personally to offer an apology.

"Joe Brolly has spoken at length with and offered a heartfelt apology to Marty Morrissey which was graciously accepted."

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