Just days after Kane Cornes accused Patrick Dangerfield of regularly 'exaggerating injuries' on the football field, Cornes has announced that he suspects Dangerfield of exaggerating other facets of his footballing career.
Dangerfield sustained a lower leg injury in Geelong's match against Hawthorn on Saturday, prompting Cornes to claim on the Sunday Footy Show that Dangerfield has a habit of 'exaggerating injuries'. Dangerfield responded yesterday by holding a press conference with deliberately excessive bandages and medical apparatus, sarcastically playing up to the accusations.
Cornes, who was the first AFL player to be investigated for staging, has now told ASW that Dangerfield has greatly exaggerated most of his footballing achievements, too. In an email correspondence, Cornes provided a list of his perceived Dangerfield embellishments, which we have collected in bulletpoint form.
While Dangerfield has so far appeared to take the accusations in good humour, many football experts and fans are worried about the possible escalation of the Cornes-Dangerfield feud.
One Geelong fan expressed concern in the lead-up to his team's next match on Friday night.
"It's not Dangerfield that I'm worried about," said the fan, who asked to remain anonymous.
"It's what he might do to Cornes if he snaps. Did you know that Paddy (Dangerfield) is the greatest kung fu master in the world, and used to work as a secret agent for the UN? Once he killed six men using only his mind. At least that's what he told me."
Dangerfield will undergo further tests throughout the week to see if he will be able to play against Adelaide on Friday.