Ulster rugby player Craig Gilroy last night issued an apology, via Twitter, for a WhatsApp message he sent to Stuart Olding in June 2016.
Ulster Rugby and the IRFU yesterday announced that Gilroy would not be available for selection for Friday night's Pro14 game against Edinburgh as he was subject to an internal review.
During the recent Belfast rape trial, which saw Gilroy's fellow Ulster players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding found not guilty of all charges, it emerged that the 27-year old, who was referred to as 'CG' during the court case, sent a message to Olding using a derogatory term for women.
Gilroy had texted Olding, "Any sluts get fucked?" to which Olding replied, "precious secrets".
On Tuesday night, Gilroy apologised, adding that the language used was "inappropriate".
I would like to apologise unreservedly for any offence caused by the Whatsapp message I sent in June 2016. I would just like to clarify it was sent privately, not part of any group chat. Regardless, my comment was totally inappropriate and is not an accurate reflection of my beliefs nor Ulster Rugby's values. I take full responsibility for my actions and in future will ensure the language I use in private or public better reflects who I am and what I stand for. I am deeply sorry for the hurt my comment has caused.
Gilroy just recently signed a new three-year deal with Ulster.
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