15 years on from the famous post-Showdown incident at the Ramsgate Hotel between Port Adelaide and Adelaide players, led primarily by Josh Carr and Mark Ricciuto, the instigators have spoken out about what really happened.
Speaking to ASW, former Crows captain and Brownlow medallist Ricciuto uncovered the sordid truth about the 2002 fracas.
"The story has always been that we had a bit of a drunken dust up, but that's all bullshit," said Ricciuto.
"Truth be told we were sinking a few frothies (beers) when we decided to play with Josh (Carr)'s dog. I tried to throw his favourite toy, a nice refreshing can of Carlton Draught, and I got a bit excited. I tried to give the throw a bit of extra oomph and in my wind up I clocked Josh in the scone (head).
"It wasn't a punch. It was a pure accident. All seven times."
Former Power vice-captain Carr remembers it similarly.
"We were just playing with my dog, then (Chad) Cornesy's dog turned up. They started wrestling, like dogs do and I tried to separate them. In all the confusion, y'know, grabbing the dogs and trying to pull them away, I must have accidentally pulled at Roo (Ricciuto).
"As soon as I realised that I was holding Roo around the neck instead of one of the dogs, I immediately let go after two minutes."
Port Adelaide's 2002 coach Mark Williams said that incidents like this can be very common at the elite level.
"You'd be incredibly surprised just how many pet dog injuries the medical staff have to deal with on a daily basis. Dogs are the number one cause of missed games and turmoil at AFL clubs. Just ask Jordan De Goey this week. All he was trying to do was drunkenly punch a dog in the face. Wait, is that the story? That doesn't sound right."
Some other famous dog-related AFL incidents include:
The 2017 AFL season begins tomorrow with Carlton and Richmond facing off at the MCG.