The Tyrone All-Ireland winning footballer Conn Kilpatrick was on RTE’s Claire Byrne Live last night. The 23 year old opened up about his gambling addiction. The Tyrone player was in death of 10/15k a lot of money for a 20/21 year old and he was lucky to get out of this as his last bet was back in 2018.
Kilpatrick says the GAA and especially former Armagh football Oisin McConville and the Gaelic Players Association played a massive part in getting him clean and away from betting. See it below
Three weeks ago Tyrone footballer Conn Kilpatrick was celebrating an All Ireland victory in Croke Park. But three years earlier he was struggling with a gambling addiction.#CBLive pic.twitter.com/0msxZwKSkw
— Claire Byrne Live (@ClaireByrneLive) October 4, 2021
“You don’t have friends in the bookies – you only have acquaintances.”
— Darran Marshall (@DarranMarshall) October 4, 2021
This is heroic stuff from Conn Kilpatrick, incredible honesty and openness for a youngfella. https://t.co/MPvQKyN5aK
— aidan o'hara (@oharaa) October 4, 2021
Courageous of Tyrone's Conn Kilpatrick to talk about his gambling addiction on #cblive. With that said, it's time the discourse moved beyond just highlighting the issue & towards tightening the laws around the massively unregulated bookmakers industry.
— Ciarán Ó Meachair (@CiaranOMeachair) October 4, 2021
To think that Conn Kilpatrick won an All-Ireland with Tyrone only three weeks ago against Mayo in the final at Croke Park. Just goes to show that you never know what is going on behind the scenes and if you need help you seek help and reach out for that help. Conn Kilpatrick is back playing football with his club now and we wish him all the best in a bright future ahead at only 23 years of age, he’s definitely a footballer that will be around for a while.