Not aware of his personal circumstances but I doubt Cooper is in financial trouble. Just seems naked greed really.
If he was penniless or had an extremely sick child with enormous health costs - going for an operation in Great Ormond Street etc - you’d say fair enough but he just seems to have thought “I’ve put enough into this organisation, now I want a few quid back to clear my mortgage.” Coming out with this bollocks about being a celebration of sport is just that, bollocks.
In fairness most county lads are happy to play for the pride of wearing the jersey, hopefully give them a leg up in their career, help attracting niche birds in the local nite club and just get the mileage from the CB at the end of the year.
Disappointed with Cooper here, I must say. He already has the high profile, the medals, the media platform. Didn’t need to be so openly hungry. He’s doing nothing wrong but at €500 a pop it’s not exactly for paupers.
He handled the thing badly from the start. He only had to say “after the hotel costs are covered there’ll be an even 60% split between the two charities, my local club and kerry GAA. I’ll keep the rest.” People would know exactly then what he was gettting.
As it is he just seems a simpleton as the story keeps changing.
“Ah, two charities will benefit.”
“Ah, I’ll give something to my club and county too.”
“Ah, I asked Pauric Duffy and he was ok with it.”
“Ah, Joe Brolly text me to apologise.”
“Ah, over 50% is going to charity.”