Collingwood midfielder Jordan De Goey has been punished for lying to the club about the cause of his broken hand.
The 21-year-old initially told the club the injury occurred when he was playing with his dog, but later admitted he broke it in a fight.
The club has now slapped the youngster with a $5000 fine and a three week suspension, to begin once his hand is fully healed.
His coach Nathan Buckley embarrassingly repeated his initial false claims to media on Monday.
"You won't believe me ... he was playing with his dog," Buckley said.
"If we don't laugh, we'll cry about it - or I will, anyway."
His injury will require surgery and is set to rule De Goey out for up to three weeks, adding to the club's injury woes.
The bizarre story echoed a similar tale involving De Goey's teammate Jeremy Howe, who was sidelined for several weeks with a broken finger in February last year.
There was speculation at the time Howe was hurt playing cricket but the Magpies remain adamant it happened while playing frisbee with his dog.
De Goey has emerged as one of Collingwood's most promising young midfielders and was expected to be an important contributor in his third AFL season.
The youngster apologised for the incident on the Collingwood website.