Speaking on SEN SA Breakfast, Cornes stated that the scenario might “derail” the Tigers’ 2021 campaign.
“Some off-season controversies, a little bit sensitive to speak about marriage breakdowns,” Cornes said on SEN.
“I get the feeling it’s going to divide the Richmond Footy Club, there is no doubt about that, because of the fact Damien’s relationship is with a staff member from the football club.
“Also, Brooke Cotchin, the wife of Trent, has been pretty publicly supportive of Damien Hardwick’s ex-wife Danielle.
“I’m not sure how Richmond will function this year. I think it’s going to be awkward and it does threaten to derail their season and end the dynasty which has been at Richmond.
“So I’ll watch that one play out.”
The Tigers will open their 2021 account in traditional fashion when they face the Blues on Thursday, March 18 at the MCG, where they will unveil their 2019 and 2020 premiership flags.