Cork colleagues back Donal Óg

Donal Óg Cusack's Cork hurling colleagues backed him "100%" last night following the sensational revelations about his private life, saying the long-serving goalkeeper would be fully supported by "genuine GAA people".

Donal Óg Cusack's Cork hurling colleagues backed him "100%" last night following the sensational revelations about his private life, saying the long-serving goalkeeper would be fully supported by "genuine GAA people".

Excerpts from Cusack’s forthcoming autobiography, 'Come What May', were serialised in a Sunday newspaper, detailing the Cloyne club man’s homosexuality, and his Cork team-mates were unanimous in their backing for him yesterday.

"Of course he has my support," said long-serving forward Timmy McCarthy, a stance echoed by midfielder Tom Kenny.

"He’s a top man," said Ben O’Connor, Cork All-Ireland winning captain in 2004. "He is one of the best genuine GAA men around and will be supported by Cork players and genuine GAA people 100%."

Those sentiments were endorsed by O’Connor’s clubmate and inter-county colleague Cathal Naughton: "We’re all fully behind him, he’s a great man and has so much for all of us. This won’t change anything."

Cusack’s autobiography pulls no punches in its frank depiction of his sexuality, and he is expected to discuss the book in detail later this week on 'The Late Late Show'.

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