Saturday 16 December 2017

Treatment of John is a disgrace: O'Brien

THE treatment of Ireland's John Mooney by a Zimbabwean newspaper has been described by his team-mate Niall O'Brien as "disgraceful, sad and petty".

O'Brien was stunned to learn of the attack on Mooney in a headline and article in the Zimbabwe Herald.

Journalist Robson Sharuko made several derogatory references to Mooney's well-documented personal battles and described the Irishman's catch to dismiss Sean Williams as "a shameless piece of fielding dishonesty that has soiled this global cricket showcase".


He added: "Is it possible for a person like Mooney to be trusted?" before quoting Mooney's interview with 2FM in which, with searing honesty, Mooney revealed his battles with alcohol and depression.

"It's disgusting to hear something like that," said O'Brien.

"It is a disgrace for somebody to come out with that about John Mooney. John is an extremely professional man and the personal stuff he has been through is just that, personal.

"He took a great catch on the day, if he knew he hadn't taken it, there's no way he would have claimed it.

"John is a very honest man and has worn his heart on his sleeve over the past 12-24 months and it's something we all admire him for. He has been open about far bigger and more important issues than whether or not he took a catch so to call his honesty into question is a very disappointing comment to hear."

Cricket Ireland has pledged to take action against the Zimbabwe Herald after the article titled 'Alcoholic dumps Zim out of WC'.


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