O'Neill appalled over Sherlock's reports of racist abuse
NEWS:GAA President Liam O’Neill said he was appalled to hear at the weekend that former Dublin star that Jason Sherlock was unable to report racist abuse during his career.
Sherlock joined Wexford’s Lee Chin on Friday’s The Late Late Show to discuss the problem of racism in sport and described the abuse he received both on and off the field.
O’Neill praised Chin and Aaron Cunningham from Armagh for speaking out against recent racist abuse in the GAA and has vowed to deal with any member of the association that does not adhere to their respect initiative.
“It would be a source of great displeasure for me if anybody playing our sport was insulted in any way or treated discourteously in any way. It grieves me hugely that Jason Sherlock felt 20 years ago when he was treated in an insulting way that he couldn’t say it,” said the GAA president, who was speaking at the launch of Connacht GAA’s €8 million Centre of Excellence in Co Mayo.
“The great thing about the respect initiative and the fact that we have a strategy now to safeguard children and to ensure their welfare when they are playing games, means that people in the organisation are confident enough now to say no to the bullies who insult them and are brave enough to come forward and say it.
“The best way of all to stop this is to out the person who has done it.