Glentoran striker Rory Donnelly has apologized after he posted a social media video that appeared to make a joke about domestic violence.
he video was posted by Donnelly on TikTok on Monday. It has since been deleted.
It features a parody sketch in which the player pretends to ring his father and says: “Dad, the wife has been driving the car and driven over a load of glass. There was a big bang and now the wheel is making a funny noise and I don’t know what to do.”
The voice on the other end of the phone replies: “It sounds pretty obvious to me, you’ve gotta puncture.”
Donnelly then says “two seconds, sorry babe” and pretends to punch a woman sitting next to him, whose face is not in the camera frame.
The person on the other end of the phone exclaims: “What did you just do?” To which Donnelly replies: “I did what you said, I punched her.” The person playing the part of the dad then says: “I didn’t say that! I said a puncture, as in a hole in your tire.”
As of Monday afternoon, before it was deleted, the video had garnered more than 400 likes and been shared 39 times. In a statement issued to the Belfast Telegraph, Donnelly said: “I posted a parody video on social media yesterday, which was recorded solely as a joke.
“Upon reflection, I fully appreciate that this video is in poor taste and my involvement in the same was bad judgment on my part. I have now removed this video from social media and wish to confirm that I in no way condone domestic violence.
“I can confirm that the video was fully staged and that the female in the video willingly participated in the same and was in no way harmed. I apologize for any and all offense caused by the video.”
Glens coach Mick McDermott was asked if any disciplinary action will be taken against the 30-year-old player.
He said that, as with any matter that happens outside the club, it will be investigated and “dealt with internally”.
Donnelly began his career in 2010 with Cliftonville, before signing a three-and-a-half-year deal with Welsh side Swansea in December 2011 for an undisclosed fee.
He then had loan spells at Coventry City and Tranmere Rovers, before joining Gillingham on a free transfer in 2015. In April 2017 he was suspended from the club “with immediate effect”. It emerged the following month that Donnelly had been fined £700 after being caught driving without a full licence. He pleaded guilty to the offense at Medway Magistrates’ Court and was later released from Gillingham at the end of his contract.
Donnelly returned to Cliftonville on a three-year contract in August 2017, before joining Glentoran in January 2020.
Last season he made 34 appearances for Glentoran, including 15 starts, in the Danske Bank Premiership, scoring five league goals.
Rory Donnelly is the older brother of Glens teammate Jay Donnelly.