Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has defended Patrick McBrearty’s decision not to attend the recent National Hearings’ Committee appeal by Dublin player Kevin O’Brien.
McGuinness, speaking the first time on the incident at last night’s press briefing for Donegal Ulster championship meeting with Tyrone, said that he was also disappointed that since the hearing that McBrearty had become the victim.
“Patrick was bit. We knew he was bit at half-time. Our doctor confirmed he was bit. The Dublin doctor confirmed he was bit. The hospital who took him in confirmed he was bit,” said the Donegal boss.
“The thing was reported to the referee and was put into the hands of the CCCC. They had a strong enough case to ban the player and in the last two weeks I am reading negative articles about Patrick, and he was the victim in this.
“The Dublin player in question apologised to him after the game for what he had done. The young fella didn’t want to go (to the hearing) and that’s the bottom line.”
McGuinness also revealed that his advice was for McBrearty to go to Croke Park and give his evidence but that the matter was always left up to the player.
“We wanted him to go; the county board wanted him to go. But he is 19 years of age. The President of the GAA is a school teacher and should know someone of that age is not fully developed and fully mature and doesn’t want to get into a court room like situation.
“He said everything he (McBrearty) had to say, and they had all the information. He felt he wasn’t going to add any more to it and for them reasons he decided he didn’t want to go and he didn’t want to go into a room and point a finger at anyone.
“But he put it in the report what had happened. It wasn’t up to Patrick, in my opinion, to win the case for the CCCC. They had all the information and it wasn’t up to him to win the case for them.
“For Patrick to be the bad guy in this having been the victim I feel I is wrong and I feel a lot of that has come from the top of the organisation and I don’t think that’s fair and that’s all I have to say on it.”