Ryan Byrne/INPHO Paul Grimley: closing ranks ahead of Donegal test.

Armagh boss Grimley says it's his 'basic human right' to snub media

The Orchard management cancelled a media event yesterday.

ARMAGH SENIOR FOOTBALL boss Paul Grimley is adamant he’s entitled to close ranks ahead of the Orchard County’s All-Ireland SFC quarter-final with Donegal this weekend.

A media event planned for yesterday was cancelled hours before it was scheduled, while talk of a siege mentality in the camp prevails.

“I am not under any contractual obligation to speak to any element of the media. I have a basic human right to speak to whom I choose and I will continue to exercise that right,” Grimley says in an interview with the Belfast Telegraph.

“There are journalists who make the point that no one would be interested in Armagh anyway so it’s baffling to see them continue to write about us.

“It’s also disturbing that journalists north and south have seen fit to continually refer to the team management and county board in derogatory terms. The county board and executive in Armagh are people who are held in high esteem and do not deserve to be vilified by any journalist,” he told John Campbell..

Former Armagh favourite Oisín McConville, meanwhile, says the media ban is ridiculous.

“I was buoyed by the fact we were going to speak to journalists,” the Crossmaglen man told John Fogarty in the Examiner. “I thought, ‘right, they’ve made their point’ and were moving on. But this now smacks of a county that’s looking for headlines rather than trying to shy away from there. For it to be pulled at the last minute doesn’t seem right.”

What do you think of the situation? 

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