RTE pundit Joe Brolly has admitted he is mortified by the insulting remarks he made about Marty Morrissey on the Sunday Game Live at the weekend.
Brolly found himself in hot water after saying about Cavan: “it’s as ugly as Marty Morrissey, their football”.
He was publicly censured for the remarks by RTE , who released a statement yesterday saying: “his ill-conceived attempt at humour was both inappropriate and extremely hurtful and had no place in any broadcast”.
The RTE statement also said Morrissey had “graciously accepted” an apology from Brolly.
Brolly addressed the controversy today in his weekly column for gaeliclife.com. He said he’d been joking around before the broadcast and this had influenced his comments.
“Myself and Tomas O’Se had been having a laugh with stewards and supporters outside just before we went on air,” he explained. “All jokes and craic.
“Problem is that when we went on air a few minutes later, it wasn’t the Oliver Callan Show, but the Sunday Game.”
He said Morrissey accepted his apology, but had been hurt by the remarks.
“Marty Morrissey is a decent, good humoured man,” Brolly wrote. “When I apologised to him he was quick to accept it. But there is no doubt he was hurt.
“It was a very poor thing to say and I am still cringing about it as I write this.”
RTE’s statement made clear that the acerbic Derryman will have to watch his tongue carefully in the future, saying: “similar comments in any future broadcast cannot and will not be tolerated”.