Speaking to fellow co-hosts James Brayshaw and Sam Newman on this year’s first episode of The Footy Show last night, the 49-year-old was candid and raw whilst discussing the scandalous relationship between Lyon and his ex-wife Nicky.
In February, as news of the affair broke, it was announced long-time host of the show Lyon would step back from his role to treat mental health problems. Meanwhile, Brownless is still coming to terms with the aftermath.
Watch a clip of Brownless speaking on the show last night below (post continues after video).
“We would have been good mates for a long time and that’s what hurt you the most. There is a bit of lying and behind the back stuff, which is what hurts the most.
“I had asked Gary and Nicky earlier on what is going on and they said they were just good friends. That’s what hurts the most.”
“We all have our ups and downs … it was too close to home. And it has been difficult. Not just for me, for the parents, and the rest of the family,” Brownless told the audience.
The former AFL star was suspicious of the pair being more than friends for a while and followed his instinct.
“Initial feelings? I couldn’t believe it. I found out three or four months ago that something was going on. I had a hunch. I did some investigation myself, sat Nicky down and we had a chat and she told me.
“My initial feelings were, like anyone — you get angry. You’re headless, you’re angry.
“I shot of a couple of texts to Garry and to Nicky which you wouldn’t want to repeat on this show. And then after a couple of days, you get embarrassed.
“Now, I’m just disappointed.
“A good mate wouldn’t do that.”