Of course they are not. But all we are looking for is fair and honest assesment of every county. Conor McHugh didn't wind up with a bloody nose by accident either, ya know?
When one of our players is involved in anything (Johnny Cooper is another one, who gets some prettty blunt treatment here) it is splashed all over the media, as yet another example of a Dublin player acting the scut. The Mayo players are treated like angels and, a blind eye is usually cast over what they do.
O'Connor is a classic example of someone who gets off very lightly, when he throwns one of those signature elbows of his. When Rory O'Carroll left the 2015 semifinal with a broken nose, there wasn't a peep out of the Off The Balls, or the Sunday Games, never mind the David Bradys, or the James Horans, or the Billy Joe Paddens, or any of the rest of the army of former Mayo players with media gigs. But if Philly or Cooper puts so much as a finger wrong, there will be the dawn fcuking chorus about it the next morning. Guaranteed !
I don't know why that is. Do the media find it easlier to just flog them as the heroic, put upon, poor underdogs, perennial bridesmaids, lovable losers or whatever, so their narrative has to suit that? What ever the reason, it results in some very lobsided coverage. You don't get to 6 straight AI semi finals, or AI 3 finals by being a bunch of choir boys.
(I'm deliberately leaving the Lee Keegan/Diarmuid Connolly soap opera out of this. That is saga, that has taken on a life of its own at this stage.)