Sydney Swans player slammed for 'stupid' self-isolation act

Chris Young
Sports Reporter
Isaac Heeney's Instagram video of him wakeboarding in a dam at his Hunter Valley home has drawn criticism from former AFL player Kane Cornes. Pictures: Instagram/isaacheeney/Getty Images

Sydney Swans star Isaac Heeney has been busy while in self-isolation at his home in the Hunter Valley - but not everyone is sold on his means of staying occupied.

The former Rising Star winner posted a video to Instagram in which he wakeboards across a dam, towed by a tinnie skippered by a mate.

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The footage divided the opinions of outspoken former AFL players Kane Cornes and Jason Dunstall, with the former critical of Heeney’s high-risk antics.

Cornes was previously a vocal critic of Port Adelaide star Ollie Wines, who dislocated his shoulder prior to the 2019 season after a water-skiing mishap, requiring surgery and missing the first two rounds of the season.

Speaking on Crocmedia program Footy SA, Cornes said Heeney should be mindful of his continuing contractual obligations to the Swans, labelling his actions ‘stupid’.

“I can’t get over the stupidity,” Cornes said.

“Clearly he’s a good young man and a player with immense talent, but he signs a contract saying they can’t undertake any dangerous activity away from the ground.

“I realise they’re young men with an appetite for risk but on the back of Ollie Wines ruining his season last and on the back of Charlie Curnow blowing out his knee playing basketball and ruining 2020, I just think it’s stupid.”

Jason Dunstall in disagreement over Isaac Heeney wakeboarding video

While Cornes’ stance on players engaging in risky behaviour is well known, Hawthorn legend Jason Dunstall was more forgiving.

In separate comments on Fox Footy LIVE, Dunstall said he was sympathetic to the clubs’ point of view, but argued unprecedented times and the decreasing likelihood of the AFL season proceed as planned should mean players could relax somewhat - as long as they were staying home.

“It’s interesting because there are things that clubs don’t want their players doing, but I think there has to be a little bit more licence now, doesn’t there, given they’re not entitled to do basically anything at the moment,” he said.

“Good on him having a bit of fun. Have a bit of fun for goodness sake.”