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Paddy Barnes Continues To Take The Piss Out Of Rory McIlroy Over Olympic Decision

PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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Six days until the opening ceremony of the Olympics and Irish athletes are already getting comfortable in Rio.

Paddy Barnes - who will carry the Irish flag on Friday - and Michael Conlan have settled at the Olympic Village.

A fortnight ago, while insisting the whole Zika thing is complete nonsense, Barnes said that if winning a gold medal meant that he also had to contract the virus, then so be it.

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**kin’ right I would.

Of course, Barnes knows that chances of actually contracting Zika are minimal. He labeled Rory McIlroy citing Zika as an excuse for not competing as the golfer 'talking shit'.


Today, Barnes continued to fire jabs at McIlroy over his excuses. Those are excuses which even McIlroy has pretty much acknowledged are nonsense.

The Belfast boxer Zika-proofed his room for McIlroy.



If McIlroy had chosen to compete at the Olympics, he did have the opportunity to be Barnes' roommate. How Michael Conlan would have felt about that is unknown. All McIlroy had to do was pay off Barnes' mortgage.

Read: Why Conlan and Barnes Might Be Ireland's Greatest Sporting Double Act

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