All-Ireland-winning Tyrone footballer Cathal McCarron has spoken about how he appeared in a gay pornography film to pay for his gambling addiction, writes Stephen Barry. Delighted to be releasing my Autobiography later this year. All I was thinking about was the money I was going to receive afterwards. He said they were coming to the house that night to carry out their threat and shoot me. I was still in tears when I got home. McCarron has since returned to his native county and earned an All-Star nomination this month.
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A season-ending injury was one thing, but missing out on an All-Ireland final is completely another for a recovering addict like Cathal McCarron. Cathal McCarron will tog out on Sunday. As he pulls on his socks, he might rub his left knee and curse the scars to the side and below the joint he dislocated against Roscommon in mid-July. So excited about what is in store, though, he might then have to drag himself away off the field and to the stand. McCarron is no John Terry. A thank you for the efforts, a gift so as not to feel left out. Before he linked up with the panel in Garvaghey last week, McCarron admits that is how he has felt as he recovered from his knee operation in Belfast.
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In the candid book he breaks his silence about his struggles over the years with an addiction to gambling. He reveals how his gambling struggles even led to him appearing in gay pornography for cash to feed his addiction. The publishers have described it as a "sports story unlike any other, a tale of success, lies, deceit, theft, recovery, rehabilitation and ultimately, redemption".
Access exclusive podcasts, interviews and analysis with a monthly or annual membership. With the euphoria of victory pulsing through his veins and the prospect of a third All-Ireland final in six years on the horizon, Hughes sat next to McCarron and gave him some advice. Hughes was a grizzled veteran by that stage and fully understood what the build up to another decider would entail.