With the playing future of his star midfielder Dane Swan under the spotlight, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has questioned the journalistic veracity of the media reporting of the 2011 Brownlow Medallist's supposed off-field issues.
Swan's off-season behaviour has been the centre of rumour and innuendo for a number of weeks, and with Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert putting the use of recreational drugs by AFL players on the agenda on Wednesday, Fairfax journalist Caroline Wilson called for the Pies to sack Swan for his alleged behaviour on Thursday.
In an article which outlined clubs' desire for more rigorous drug testing, she reported that Swan had been questioned about alleged drug use in the off-season and denied it.
In a separate opinion piece, she urged Collingwood to 'seriously consider sacking Dane Swan' saying he had been a law unto himself since the season ended, while not accusing him directly of taking illicit substances.
She continued her assertions on ''3AW'' on Thursday morning.
"I believe that Dane Swan has been a really bad influence all year. The club has asked whether he's taking drugs and he has denied it and that may well be true," she said.
"But I think his cavalier behaviour, and stuff he has been doing off field, and some of the stuff he did during the season has become such a problem that I think it is creating a breeding ground for bad behaviour that could lead to other things."
Buckley has yet to refute any allegations surrounding Swan but did question Wilson's sources, pointing to the fact that the article contained no quotes on the issue from the club.
"Still waiting for your call Caroline...not a quote in sight. Don't ever presume to speak on Collingwoods behalf," he tweeted.Collingwood are yet to publicly respond on reports of misbehaviour by Swan.