Sydney Swans star Isaac Heeney has found himself in the middle of a war of words between Port Adelaide AFL great Kane Cornes and NSW Blues hardman Mark Geyer.
Geyer jumped to Heeney's defence after Cornes, on the Footy SA radio program in Adelaide, criticised Heeney over an Instagram post of the Maitland-raised Swans star wakeboarding on his family's farm.
"It's a dark day in the world when we bag a bloke for having a bit of fun as a pandemic takes over the world. But that's what Kane Cornes has done," Geyer said on his Triple M radio show on Tuesday night.
"I don't get it, I don't get this at all. Why the hell would you begrudge a young bloke on his family farm having a bit of fun, not causing any trouble whatsoever, not doing anything that's going to disrespect the Swans jersey.
"Is that what you want to be doing Kane? Do you want to be up there with him? Is that the problem?
"You're stuck in Adelaide. Come on man, leave the kid alone.
"I can tell you now Kane Cornes it won't bring me any closer to you son, because you are irrelevant, and you are stupid for even daring to say Isaac Heeney was stupid.
"When I heard it I actually said is he taking the piss? Is he taking the piss with this young bloke or does he know him?"
Cornes has stuck by his view which is based on potential injury to the key Swans player and believes the current state of the world is irrelevant.
"I understand the backlash to my comments and I understand that most people are going to be on the players' side," he said on SEN SA on Wednesday morning.
"You've also got to understand that these players sign a contract to not to do anything like that. I've got nothing against Isaac Heeney. I said he's an outstanding footballer and I've got a lot of time for him.
"I just think if something goes wrong, it doesn't look good. I don't want to harp on it, I just don't think you should be doing that and putting yourself at risk of hurting yourself. I said it was stupid and I stand by the fact it was stupid."