O'Mahony: O'Connor incident was "embarrassing"

October 27, 2021

Kerry's Aidan O'Mahony.
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Aidan O'Mahony has described the incident which led to Donncha O'Connor being sent off in the 2008 All-Ireland SFC semi-final as "embarrassing".

The five-time All-Ireland winning Kerry defender, who recently released his autobiography 'Unbroken', accepts that feigning injury has no place in the game after he theatrically fell to the ground following a slap on the cheek from his Cork opponent.

"I was totally responsible for it myself. It was embarrassing for myself, it was embarrassing for my family," O'Mahony told Game On on RTÉ 2fm last night.

"When you're in the public eye, as a Garda, number one, you're never away from people. You're always going to be meeting people.

"For me, there is no part in GAA or sport for that behaviour, feigning an injury. In Kerry, football is a religion. You grew with some of the tales of the Kerry golden years, all these guys and what they gave for Kerry football.

"When something like that happens, sympathy is in short supply. It was tough. I was the one who caused the whole thing but at the same time, trying to move on from something like that, that moment didn't define my 13 or 14 years in a Kerry jersey."

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