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AFL identity Kane Cornes says athletes’ bodies should be criticized


AFL legend Kane Cornes says it’s NOT a shame for the body to call an athlete overweight – after AFLW star was forced to backtrack on brutal trolls

  • AThe FLW star hit back at the callous trolls who shamed him on social media
  • Gold Coast striker Sarah Perkins has been the victim of disgusting comments on Twitter
  • Suns star tweeted ‘not everyone can fit a size 6’ in response to online bullies
  • Retired AFL great Kane Cornes says Perkins trolling is unacceptable
  • Media Identity believes full-time athletes should learn to accept criticism










AFL legend turned media identity Kane Cornes says coaches and commentators should continue to expose players publicly if their fitness level is lagging.

This follows the big shaming of Gold Coast Suns striker Sarah Perkins, who was followed on social media earlier this week by footy fans.

In response to harsh remarks, AFLW star Perkins tweeted:’2 out of 2 tonight…anyone else dude/fake account want to comment on my height, fitness, athleticism?

“I’m more than happy to hear feedback on my football skills/aptitudes, but sadly not everyone can fit a size 6!”

Cornes, who won a premiership with Port Adelaide in 2004, acknowledged Perkins’ criticism was unacceptable but said it was the job of full-time professional athletes to stay fit.

“Sarah Perkins brought this to light this week after some comments on a picture of her playing AFLW for Gold Coast,” he told SEN radio on Thursday.

The picture of AFLW star Sarah Perkins who saw the Gold Coast Suns striker trolled on social media

AFL identity Kane Cornes says athletes’ bodies should be criticized

Winner of the premiership with Adelaide in 2017, Ms Perkins (pictured left) found trolling this week against

AFL identity Kane Cornes says athletes’ bodies should be criticized

The AFL’s polarizing identity Kane Cornes then weighed in on the chat, saying some athletes should be in the firing line if they’re out of shape.

“She shared it, the reaction was quick and strong and online trolls were condemned, as they should be.

“That being said, there has to be an ability to talk about athletes and their bodies when they’re full-time professional athletes who have a job…and that’s to be in the best shape possible.”

Cornes, 39, is no stranger to drawing controversy through his divisive comments in the media.

On frequent occasions over the past few years, he has called out Geelong legend Patrick Dangerfield and Adelaide Crows pin-up Tex Walker for not “aiming” in his eyes.

He said if Jake Stringer (Essendon player) is 8kg heavier than he should be and his performance suffers, the 300 game veteran will continue to voice that opinion in a public forum.

Cornes acknowledged that AFLW players such as Perkins are part-time athletes – and therefore should not be compared to full-time, highly paid male athletes chasing a Sherrin.

“If you’re a part-time AFLW player who works during the week…I’m definitely not going to hold you to the same standards,” he said.

Perkins took to Twitter on Monday to apologize to fans for the side’s three-point loss to St Kilda last weekend – and was quickly insulted by a number of social media trolls.

His post saw a number of comments criticizing the full forward’s weight.

“Cutting edge athletics,” one man wrote, before an AFLW star told him to “jog.”

‘Do you feel better about yourself for that comment? Run,” Collingwood co-captain Steph Chiocci replied.

AFL identity Kane Cornes says athletes’ bodies should be criticized

‘More than happy to hear feedback on my football skills/abilities, but sadly not everyone can fit a size 6!’ Perkins tweeted this week in response to online criticism of trolls

AFL identity Kane Cornes says athletes’ bodies should be criticized

Perkins took to Twitter on Monday to apologize to fans for the side’s three-point loss to St Kilda, before being insulted by a few disgusting fans.

Chiocci, who also works as a high school teacher, then penned another message of support for Perkins.

“People are just jealous that they never achieved anything worth publishing. You always have your back.

“I can’t wait to see you hitting more snags from 50m and laying down tackles like a boss.”

The AFL Players’ Association said there was ‘no room’ for abuse in sport.

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