Adelaide: Irish all-rounder John Mooney said yesterday he hoped the personal attack on him by a Zimbabwean newspaper would not discourage others with mental health problems from speaking up.
Mooney's battle with alcohol and depression was mocked by the Zimbabwe Herald after he took a catch on the boundary in Hobart on Saturday that helped eliminate the African side from the World Cup.
TV replays were called to determine if the big Irishman had touched the boundary with his foot, which would have resulted in a six as Zimbabwe inched closer to the target.
"Alcoholic dumps Zim out of WC," said the newspaper headline which has been widely condemned. The catch "was a shameless piece of fielding dishonesty... is it possible for a person like Mooney to be trusted?" the newspaper wrote.
Zimbabwe's stand-in captain Brendan Taylor apologised to Mooney for the "unacceptable article", and the Irishman thanked him on his Facebook page yesterday.
"Last night I texted Brendan Taylor to thank him and his team for their apology," Mooney wrote in his post. "They are great blokes and they didn't have to do that, because I know the man that wrote that article does not represent their team.
"The main thing that gets to me about his article is that it might prevent somebody from getting the help they need in the future."