Sport Ireland doping violation Jun 2, 2017 10:21:59 GMT
Post by mandad on Jun 2, 2017 10:21:59 GMT
Brendan and the County Board have taken a bit of a filleting, on the media and on this Forum, over the past few days. When issues like this arise there’s a natural tendency to jump right into ‘judgment’ mode. A friend of mine likes to joke that dying will be a relief because it will put an end to the “heavy burden of judging” as he calls it. Of course we all judge. If you vote, you're judging. If you marry, you're judging. So to say "don't judge" is wrong and I am not advocating that. Obviously, we believe that this topic is important and that it should continue to be discussed and debated.
From the outset, I must declare that I know Brendan personally and I hold him in the highest regard.
In my view, the County Board should be admired for the way they handled the matter and protected their player until the issue was clarified fully. Management who throw players under the bus will not be trusted by their players and will invariably find themselves under the bus.
There is nothing that indicates any attempt at cheating or dishonesty – in fact, there is clear acceptance that he did an online diligence search before he purchased the product. Sports Ireland say that he "bore no significant fault or negligence"
That he acted naively is beyond debate and he should have properly sought the advice of the team dietician or doctor.
Brendan, like all GAA players, is an amateur footballer, who has given up the best years of his life in the hope of pulling on the green and gold. He has battled through badly timed injuries that have held him back in his preparations. He has paid a huge price for his actions but I have no doubt that he possesses the strength of character to persevere.
My wish would be that one contributor in particular on here can shed that ‘heavy burden of judging’ before it weighs him down completely. All too often, people have so rapid calculation of their gut, heart, and brain that they have no margin of understanding when a need arises.
That’s just my view.