Joe Brolly has revealed how a county player, incorrectly accused of provided him with information, was subjected to rough treatment in training this week.
In his Gaelic Life column yesterday, the former Derry forward was shocked to learn team-mates would act in such a way towards a colleague they believed had spoken to Brolly about the demands of Gaelic games.
“Something particularly distressing happened after last week’s column appeared. One player (wrongly) suspected of having given me inside information was targeted for special treatment at county training.
"He was hit hard and late and subjected to verbal abuse. It is the sort of story you might associate with jocks playing US college football, or marines at an army training camp.”
Of the five players who contacted Brolly in the wake of his column in which he referred to county players as “battery hens”, one admitted his difficulties were so severe, he requested to speak to him in person.
“In each case, I asked whether they wanted to go public. In each case, they declined. They did not want to appear disloyal. They did not want to provoke the hostility of team-mates or management.
"One of the boys told me he was on a scholarship and could not find bite the hand that feeds. He said they were things he would rather not discuss over the phone and asked me if I would meet him. We have arranged to do that. He told me had hadn’t voiced his concerns to anyone, not even his parents. It is scarcely believable we have come to this.”
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