Earlier in the day, Mortimer had told reporters: “I didn’t know anything about it until after it was out. I got a call from a reporter and he told me about it. I know a couple of the lads from Mayo who work with the GPA and they knew nothing about it either.”
However, he backpedaled furiously later when he told RTÉ: “I’ve been speaking to quite a number of my team-mates since and they were actually aware the statement was coming out. The only reason I wasn’t aware of it was the fact that I wasn’t contactable that day.”
The release last week reaffirmed the support of the county’s hurling and football panel for the grants scheme shortly after their own county board had voiced their opposition to the initiative.
Yesterday’s confusion comes less than two weeks after Down secretary Seamus Walsh cast doubt on the validity of a similar statement from the Mourne county’s senior panels in relation to the grants issue.