Kerry GAA chief says rumors of players taking drugs are ‘a joke’ and ‘unacceptable’


The Kerry County Board is believed to be considering legal action over the online video which claimed Kerry players were involved in drug use during recent celebrations after beating Galway on July 24.

In a recent tweet, Kerry County Chief Executive Patrick O’Sullivan called the rumors “a joke” and “unacceptable.”

Kerry’s GAA official took to Twitter to refute the video, which was spitefully circulating on social media and appears to show players partying while holding up Visa cards and chanting about “the bag.”

Few outside of Kerry’s GAA circles will be aware that Mr. Sullivan’s longtime nickname is “the bag,” and chants reportedly rose after players obtained Mr. O’Sullivan’s credit card to purchase a round of drinks .

The rumors were immediately dismissed as nonsense, but they lingered on social media, resulting in Mr O’Sullivan having to tweet to officially explain the reason behind the video:

“I’m Patrick O’Sullivan (Tatler). “The Bag” is my nickname, which I got from the gear bag I brought to games in the 80’s.

“She [players] sang my name when I lost at card roulette. It’s a joke to say the Kerry players are on drugs and unacceptable,” Mr O’Sullivan tweeted.

Another Kerry GAA source, who asked not to be named, told The Kerryman he was present the night the video was taken.

He said everyone put their credit cards on the table as part of the drinking “game of roulette.”

He dismissed claims of drug use as “total rubbish” and said team management was present and the premises were packed with people enjoying themselves. There were also surveillance cameras at the facility.

Croke Park officials are understood to have contacted the Kerry County Board for clarification in the days after the video was posted online.

It was explained to them that “the bag” is Mr. O’Sullivan’s nickname.

“It’s all total nonsense. The people spreading these rumors are untrue [Twitter] accounts.

“At the end of the day, these perpetrators have tried to personalize one player more than any other. It’s about protecting the players who have been mistreated here,” he said. Kerry GAA chief says rumors of players taking drugs are ‘a joke’ and ‘unacceptable’

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