Don't really buy that. I received several what's app messages with a screen shot of the relevant rule before the game was over. It was discussed on here long before it was ever aired on TSG. It was in the Sunday newspapers long before TSG was on.
I've no doubt Spillane would not have carried on the way he did if it was a Kerry player but have even less doubt that anyone, let alone anyone in a disciplinary decision making capacity, would be influenced by what that ape has to say.
Connolly got suspended because he pushed a linesman. That's the bottom line.
Why Gavin chose to come out now two weeks after the incident and bring it back up only he knows. I personally agree with LC that it's less to do with protecting players and more to keep a circus road show going on the side and take attention off the players/team. Only JG can say for certain on that one.