Monday 16 September 2019

Kilkenny GAA meet with St Patrick’s Ballyragget officials over lewd images of players celebrating intermediate title

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Kilkenny GAA have launched an investigation after lewd images and videos of St Patrick’s Ballyragget players celebrating their intermediate hurling title win last weekend were circulated across the internet.

Photos, that have gone viral on social media, show one player in the company of two strippers and the club's new trophy.

One of the images shows a sex act being performed on the player.

The Kilkenny County Board has confirmed that they have met with officials from the club and an investigation is ongoing.

"The Kilkenny County Committee can confirm that it is investigating an incident that took place on Tuesday night at a non-GAA event in Ballyragget," the statement read.

"County Officers met with representatives of St Patrick’s Ballyragget on Wednesday night and will review its findings in the coming days.

"There will be no further public comment at this time."

The team is due to face Kildare champions Ardclough in a Leinster intermediate game in Newbridge on November 4.

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Former five-time Kilkenny All-Ireland winner D.J. Carey said that the photographs and videos were disappointing, but that blame should be placed on the individuals and not the club.

"I am surprised and disappointed, something like this shouldn't happen," said Carey.

"But I can't see it being the club's fault – I can see as an individual's fault who plays with the club.

"I would say the club is quite embarrassed about it. If players are into that sort of thing so be it, but there should be no cup involved and they should not be doing it in the name of the club or the GAA. 

"If that tickles your fancy, that's up to you - I'm not going to be the moral standing ground for anyone.

"I'm sure it's a bit of craic – everyone to their own, enjoy whatever you enjoy.

"I haven't seen [the images] so I can't comment much,  if lads are celebrating it's fine but a cup definitely shouldn't be involved."

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