Tomás Ó Sé lifts the lid on the 'few pints' that saw him and Colm Cooper dropped from the Kerry team
It was the talk of the GAA world in mid-summer eight years ago, as Kerry manager Jack O'Connor wielded the axe and dropped two of his key men.
All Stars Tomás Ó Sé and Colm Cooper were absent from the qualifier game against Antrim, with rumours swirling around that the duo had been on an all-day drinking session ahead of the game.
In Ó Sé's column today paying tribute to Cooper on his retirement, the legendary Kerry star finally 'sets the record straight' on what happened back in the summer of 2009.
"Now is as good a time as any to set the record straight, Ó Sé writes.
"Back in 2009, myself and Gooch hit the headlines for having a few pints after we escaped from Sligo in the qualifiers that year. We were dropped for the game with Antrim the next day out, but now that we're both gone I can say claims that we were drinking together were totally false.
"He was drinking in Killarney, but I was at it in Dingle."
As it happens, Cooper and Ó Sé were restored to the team thereafter... and Kerry won their fourth All-Ireland title in six seasons.