'Quite sad': AFL star slams Kane Cornes over body-shaming barb

Chris Young
Sports Reporter
Adelaide Crows forward Taylor Walker has labelled Kane Cornes 'sad' after the Port Adelaide great took a shot at his appearance last weekend. Pictures: Getty Images

Adelaide Crows star Tex Walker has called Kane Cornes ‘sad’ after the Port Adelaide great took a shot at Walker’s figure over the weekend.

Comparing pictures of Walker and Power forward Charlie Dixon while on Channel 9’s The Sunday Footy Show last weekend, Cornes said it was obvious who had been doing more training over summer and the season shutdown.

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“Have a look at that, what has Tex been doing?” he asked his co-hosts.

Fellow panellist Matthew Lloyd’s observation that Walker had been deliberately blowing out his stomach for the photo got short shrift from Cornes, who continued to get stuck into the former Crows captain.

“These are professional athletes, you can’t let those sorts of standards slip through,” Cornes said.

“I was having a bit of fun, but we can tell who’s been training in this period.”

Walker though, was very much not having fun with the saga.

Speaking on Triple M on Tuesday morning, Walker said he had very much had enough of his back and forth with Cornes.

The two have been feuding for several years.

“To be honest mate, I find it quite sad and I pity for the bloke that he’s just trying to stay relevant this whole time,” Walker said.

“Honestly, it’s getting a bit of a joke that he continually has a personal pot shot at me.

“I’ve let it go, but he continues to try and stay relevant.

“So if that’s what he wants to he can do that.”

AFL legend lashes 'bully' David Koch

AFL great Dermott Brereton has slammed Port Adelaide chairman David Koch for being a "bully" and says the TV personality showed the game his "worst side" when he hit out at Mick Malthouse.

Coaching legend Malthouse last week urged the AFL to boycott China because of the country's handling of the coronavirus crisis.

It prompted Koch to insinuate Malthouse's stance bordered on racist, with the Power chairman reaffirming his club's commitment to the AFL's foray into China in a scathing response.

Speaking on Fox Footy Live, Brereton said Koch had overstepped the line and shown the AFL community an unflattering side of himself.

“We saw light and shade. We saw the best and worst of Kochie on the weekend,” Brereton said.

“He’s a fantastic bloke, he’s wonderful for our entire community of football, he can give us that sort of light, but I was really disappointed in his comments on Mick and pressed him during his comments on Mick about the White Australia policy.

“He can turn into a bully, that’s his worst side, he can turn into a verbal bully on TV.”