Philly McMahon appeared on the Late Late Show on Friday night to speak about the release of his book, 'The Choice'. The book deals with the five-time All-Ireland winner's relationship with his brother John who died of a drug overdose in 2012, aged 31.
McMahon was asked by Ryan Tubridy about abuse, regarding his brother, he had received during a game.
The Ballymun man - believing that all people make mistakes - was unwilling to disclose the opponent's name or any details which could lead to his identification.
I won't say the year because people will start putting two and two together.
I was playing. I was marking a guy and he felt that saying my brother overdosed and he was a junkie would affect my game.
But ultimately, it empowered me. And actually I played a very good game that day. We won and I can't even tell you if I scored or not.
McMahon, when asked about the sledging he had taken, quipped that, 'Well, I give some as well.'
We all make mistakes and I'm sure that person - it just happened in that minute and he said it - but I don't think he meant it.
But essentially John was with me when he said that to me.
You can watch Philly McMahon speak on the Late Late Show below.
Dublin footballer @PhillyMcMahon on why it was so important for him to open up about what happened to his late brother John #latelate pic.twitter.com/be8zpi4r9R
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