Over the last few days, headlines were telling of an “explicit”, “compromising” video circulating online that appeared to show a football player in bed with a woman.
While it had reportedly been shopped around multiple media outlets, none chose to publish it, nor to name the famous sportsman involved. But while news outlets were staying tight-lipped, the footage was being spread widely via social media. Too wide, too fast to contain.
Dragged out in the open, the man in the footage had no choice but to respond, and did so on Thursday night. That man is former AFL star Dane Swan.
Who is Dane Swan?
With 258 games, 211 goals, the 2010 premiership and a Brownlow Medal under his belt, Dane Swan is considered a legend of the Collingwood Football Club.
The 34-year-old retired from the sport in 2016 after suffering a significant foot injury in the opening round of the competition, and since stepping off the field has become a regular guest panellist on the AFL Footy Show. In 2017, he also appeared on Channel 10 reality program I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, where he finished runner-up to singer Casey Donovan.
By his side through it all has been his partner of ten years, American-born Taylor Wilson.