'They’re talking s**t. Just tell the truth. There’s no money involved for them' - Paddy Barnes blasts Rory McIlroy and Co
Paddy Barnes has blasted the world's top golfers for withdrawing from the Rio Olympics, insisting that they are "talking shit" in citing Zika fears as their reasoning for not travelling to South America.
Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry all opted out of the Olympics, insisting that the risk of contracting the Zika virus was not worth taking.
But Barnes believes there are more selfish reasons at play.
"A lot of professional golfers have been using the Zika virus as a reason to why they’re not playing in the Olympics. They talk about potentially contracting it in Brazil and the potential risk it could pose to them and their families," said Barnes on his new blog for Paddy Power.
"They’re talking shit. Just tell the truth. There’s no money involved for them. The Zika virus is in a lot more countries than Brazil. Are they going to withdraw from tournaments or not go on holidays to these countries too? It’s a money thing and I’d have more respect for them if they came out and told the truth.
"I’ve no concerns about Zika. There’s disease all around the world and the chances of catching it in Brazil are slim to none. And I’m someone who should have the most concerns as my fiancé Mari is pregnant.
"If someone said to me, Paddy, it’s like this, 'you can have a Gold medal at the Olympics but you’ve got to catch the Zika virus' – I’d take Zika all day long. F***in’ right I would."
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