The negative attention some GAA players get is mental. People who do so much on-and-off the pitch…all unpaid. Forget the good they do - let’s focus on a few incidents.
I remember one poster saying they’d rather not win an AI than have Conor Gormley coz he was a tramp…and thinking they weren’t wise in the head.
Peter Canavan dragged down the Gooch in the last minute of the '05 final, but I couldn’t care less and for me anyway, it doesn’t detract from how good he was.
As Alan said…I don’t need my sporting heroes to be angels. I like Philly because he’s a straight shooter and he has that badness/hardness every team needs - and he’s a bit of an anti-hero figure.