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Joe Brolly Regrets 'Cruel' Marty Morrissey Insult

Joe Brolly Regrets 'Cruel' Marty Morrissey Insult
By PJ Browne Updated

Joe Brolly says he has always regretted insulting Marty Morrissey while analysing an Ulster Championship game on RTÉ in 2015.

Prior to a game between Cavan and Monaghan, Brolly said that Cavan football was "as ugly as Marty Morrissey" and that "Maybe I should apologise to the people of Cavan". Later in the broadcast, he added that it was "said in the spirit of affection".

"I learned things as I was going along," the Derryman said on Virgin Media's Sport Stories: Joe Brolly, which airs this week.

"I made some mistakes. I made a very hurtful comment about Marty Morrissey once, which I've always regretted. I went to Marty personally, and apologised for it. Marty always says that I turned him into a sex symbol with that comment.

"That was a very good lesson for me. I'd just given the kidney [to my friend Shane Finnegan], and all of a sudden, I was a national saint. I think around that time I started to get a bit carried away with myself, even though I was thinking, 'Don't get carried away with yourself'. I was being treated almost like a saintly figure in the aftermath of that.

"It was something that I really regretted. I shouldn't have said it. It was off the cuff, and it was cruel. I made up with Marty. He's a great fella, great fun. My greatest regret is turning Marty Morrissey into a sex symbol."

Brolly also addressed his exit as an RTÉ Gaelic football pundit in 2019.

Joe Brolly on RTÉ exit

"What happened ultimately was a new Head of Sport [Declan McBennett] came in who had a very prescriptive view of how it ought to be done and very quickly I was made to feel uncomfortable," said Brolly.

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"The previous Heads of Sports, we have a great relationship and still keep in contact.

"I suppose some people are just allergic to other people. And I think he was allergic to me. I think it was a sense of 'this is only going one way'.

"It was very disappointing to me, and very hurtful to me as well. I was shocked. I mean, I was shocked."

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Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Part One of Sport Stories: Joe Brolly airs on Tuesday 28 December with Part Two on Thursday 30 December on Virgin Media One.

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