Michael Duignan has ferociously condemned the circulation of rumours about the Tipperary hurling panel via WhatsApp messages which swept the country this week.
The messages that were shared spread unsavoury rumours about the personal lives and families of named players within the Tipperary camp.
Speaking to Darren Frehill on RTÉ Radio One’s Morning Ireland this morning, the Offaly legend slammed the rumours and those who spread them.
RTÉ sources close to the the Premier County camp have labelled the stories spread through social media earlier this week as “unfounded.”
Duignan feels strongly on the subject and showed this when quizzed on the matter, saying to Frehill:
“It’s been a very, very bad week just in general for society from a moral point of view.
“The rumour that has gone around about some of those Tipperary players and some of their families etc. has been absolutely disgusting in my point of view. It’s horrific.”
The Sunday Game commentator went on to further sympathise with the players targeted in the “social media campaign” and state that he personally received the messages himself, claiming he was so appalled at their nature that he deleted them immediately.
He made points that are difficult to dispute with:
“It’s a sad reflection on society. I think the people that are doing it, if they think that they are GAA people… It’s nothing to do with the lads being amateurs or anything like that.
“To me, making up malicious rumours about decent people and the damage that must have had on them this week, on the players, on their families, on their work colleagues, it just must have been a very difficult week for them all.
“I would just encourage people that are sharing that sort of material on social media and sending texts around and WhatsApp messages [to stop]. I got them myself and I deleted them immediately,” Duignan admitted.
“I just think it’s disgusting behaviour and I feel very sorry for the players involved.”
The two-time All Ireland winner also chipped in with his thoughts on the news that broke out of the Liam McCarthy Cup holder’s camp on Tuesday night. All-Star corner back, Cathal Barrett was dropped from the Tipp panel for a breach of discipline just over a week after sustaining a knee injury in the loss to Cork which would have seen him ruled out of the county’s opening back door qualifier on July 1st.
“I think the Cathal Barrett thing is fair enough.
“Whatever it was, Michael Ryan dealt with it.
“Some of the commentary about that, even from the Tipp secretary, comparing him to a child standing in the corner, there was no need for that,” said Duignan.
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