Former Mayo footballer Conor Mortimer has slammed RTE pundit Pat Spillane, saying he attempted to influence the CCCC during the Sunday Game with his criticism of Diarmuid Connolly.
Writing for his Paddy Power blog, Mortimer labelled Spillane as “a dog with a bone” and accused the Kerry man of using his influence to have Connolly banned.
Spillane was highly critical of Connolly’s actions on the Sunday Game last week and did repeatedly call for a 12-week ban of the Dub.
This did not go unnoticed by Mortimer and he has spoken out against the pundit.
“The carry-on on the Sunday Game was a bit over the top with Pat Spillane going out of his way to mention Connolly’s misdemeanour at every opportunity and to stick both legs in on him.”
Mortimer believes that there should have been a Dublin pundit on the show, so as that views would be more balanced.
The former All-Star believes were Ciaran Whelan on the show that perhaps things may have gone differently.
“It would’ve been interesting to see the exchange had Ciaran Whelan been on the panel. Without a Dub to fight his corner it was very easy for the Kerryman to take aim at the four-time All-Ireland winner.”
Mortimer believes that the Sunday Game is the most influential power when it comes to suspensions and that what happened to Diarmuid Connolly was completely unfair.
Mortimer believes the punishment was harsh but “rules are rules”. He went on to speak out against the Sunday Game’s influence further.
“Every one of us saw what happened but it’s totally unfair to Connolly for the likes of Spillane to use his influence as a respected TV pundit to make a bigger deal out of it than it was.”
Whether or not we see any further developments in the Connolly story remains to be seen, however it is an interesting view on events from Conor Mortimer.
Kevin Daly, Pundit Arena