Cavan's senior footballers are refusing to speak to the county's local newspaper over a recent court report involving a prominent member of the panel.
The player in question was recently convicted of a drink-driving charge at Virginia District Court and disqualified for three years, with his road ban set to commence in November.
It is believed that the Cavan players and management have taken issue with the way in which The Anglo-Celt covered the case last week, leading its court report with the headline 'Cavan GAA player disqualified for drink-driving'.
In this week's issue, the Celt revealed that the players and management "took particular umbrage at the headline" and their decision not to speak to the newspaper in the build-up to this weekend's clash with Wicklow "came as a surprise".
The newspaper also reported that it "believed it to be the first instance in the last hundred-plus years" where it was effectively boycotted by the county team.
Cavan travel to Aughrim this Saturday to face John Evans' Wicklow side in Round 1 of the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers (throw-in 6pm).
I'm out of country but hear Cavan players and management refusing to speak to Anglo-Celt because of a court report (player was convicted of drink driving) last week.- Paul Fitzpatrick (@moefitzpatrick) June 6, 2018
Headline said he was a Cavan footballer, which his own lawyer had brought up. Siege mentality - watch out Wicklow!