Billy Brownless has confirmed that Adelaide skipper Taylor Walker was getting mic’d up before his segment on The Sunday Footy Show when he called media rival Kane Cornes a d***head, unaware that the former Port star was listening.
“I don’t know if he knew that we had audio through our headsets and it was Tex and he was in Darwin,“ Brownless told Triple M’s Rush Hour.
”And we go, ‘G’day’. And Tony Jones goes, ‘G’day, the boys are here ready to go’.
“And Tex says, ‘Is Kane on?’ And Kane’s down the end there. And Tony goes, ‘Yeah, yeah, he’s on’.
And he (Walker) goes, ‘Ahh s***’.
And then he’s gone to his media manager: ‘He’s on. The d***head is on’. Not knowing that Kane can hear all of this.”
The comment creates more tension between the two as the pair have traded tweets and Cornes also questioned Tex’s captaincy after last year’s grand final loss and throughout the year.
“Walker was hardly sighted in the first half of the upset defeat at the hands of Collingwood on Friday night,” Cornes wrote in one of his opinion pieces for The Advertiser after Adelaide’s loss to the Magpies earlier this season.
“His lack of presence and mediocre effort at ground level in the second quarter was obvious and not conducive to a captain’s game.”
After the article, Tex stated that he would “probably” wouldn’t say hello to the former Port Adelaide record games holder in public.
“I suppose that’s what he gets paid to do, make headlines but I suppose week in, week out it gets a bit long in the tooth,” said Walker.
“I’ve said that Rory Sloane just looks the captain to be at Adelaide, he certainly ticks every box for me the way that he plays, the way he leads and how popular he is with the fans over here,” Cornes told SEN.
“If it was me, I would be making a change in captaincy there.
“Taylor’s done all the pushing and shoving behind the ball for a while, it’s OK, unless you put your head over the footy.
“He’s had some moments this year where he’s really let himself down and there was one spoken about quite heavily against Collingwood earlier on the year where he ran over the footy.”
But Tex wants to keep his job as skipper.
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion,’’ Walker said.
“It depends on whether I listen to it or not. I’ve got a lot of people that I trust and until they tell me, I am pretty confident that I will continue to do the job.“