Tuesday 18 September 2018

Joe Brolly brought to task by RTE bosses over 'ugly' Marty Morrissey remarks

Former Derry footballer and RTÉ analyst Joe Brolly
Former Derry footballer and RTÉ analyst Joe Brolly
Marty Morrissey
Ryle Nugent

The Sunday Game pundit Joe Brolly has been admonished by RTE over his "ill-conceived" comments about Marty Morrissey.

The presenter found himself in hot water after a cruel comment about his colleague during coverage of the Monaghan-Cavan Ulster championship encounter on Sunday.

Brolly surprised presenter Michael Lyster with his remarks comparing Cavan's style of play 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. "I should apologise ... to the people of Cavan for that."

Brolly apologised for his remarks at half time in the game.

"I want to say that what I said about Marty Morrissey was said in a spirit of affection not literally," he added.

However, RTE have brought Brolly to task over his unsportsmanship.

Head of sport Ryle Nugent issued a statement 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," he said.

It's not the first time that the outspoken commentator has rocked the boat.

He was slammed for making a "sexist" comment about presenter Rachel Wyse when she was unveiled as the face of the Sky Sports GAA panel.

The pundit said on Twitter: "SKY = TV3 plus Baywatch babe" in reference to Wyse.

"SKY's entrenched beautiful anchor formula is shamelessly sexist, designed for their overwhelmingly male audience," he added.

He later apologised to Rachel for the remark which he said was "crass and wrong".

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