Dean Rock refused to be drawn on the impact any potential ban for his team mate Diarmuid Connolly would have on Dublin.
The St Vincent’s forward is facing a spell on the sidelines after the CCCC proposed a 12-week ban after Connolly appeared to shove the linesman during Dublin’s Leinster SFC win over Carlow.
The impressive array of evasive manoeuvres’ employed by Rock on the pitch on big match days were used to full effect in the formal setting of a press conference to mark a commercial event on Wednesday, awkwardly scheduled before news of Connolly’s impending ban was announced.
The Ballymun Kickhams forward ducked and dodged questions about the suspension and the possible knock on effect the loss of such a key player could have on the team.
Rock had the unenviable task of being the first Dublin players to face the press since news of the suspension hit the headlines.
The 26-year-old masterfully avoided tricky questions about Connolly’s disciplinary dilemma – starting with the suggestion that the ban perhaps took the gloss off their opening win of the campaign:
“No, not at all we were just focusing on our own performance, we went down to there to get a win and that’s what we did.”
One reporter successfully sidestepped, the next question – “has there been a lot of talk about the 12-week ban Diarmuid Connolly is facing?”
The response: “No, nothing.”
If it was not already painfully clear to the assembled media, Dean was not to be drawn on Diarmuid. Another question on the topic removed any lingering doubt:
“The issue is kind of an ongoing matter in respect to Diarmuid and stuff I won’t be commenting on the incident that happened in the game.”
The conversation turned to the remainder of the Leinster SFC, the pressure of place kicking and the impact of Jason Sherlock.
Rock navigated some tricky topics the Dublin way: speaking plenty without saying much. You can listen to the full tape below.
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