They have worked together for 15 years, they were best mates, their wives were friends and their families holidayed together. Until an affair got in the way. Now it’s a ‘tragedy’ according to one of their mutual friends.
The Age reported over the weekend that two major names in AFL, Billy Brownless and Garry Lyon, best friends for some twenty years, have fallen out over an affair Lyon had with Brownless’s former wife Nicky.
Some say the affair began after Nicky and Billy separated last year. But Brownless apparently suspects the affair had been going on for a few years.
He spoke frankly last year about how their marital breakdown ‘blindsided’ him. “I didn’t see it coming, so that hurt,” he said in an interview.
Lyon, a former star of the game, who is a Channel Nine presenter and a host with Triple M split up with his wife Melissa amicably a year and a half ago. Brownless, also a former player, co-hosts the Footy Show on Fox Sports.
Lyon has stepped down from all media commitments for the time being and is reportedly suffering with depression. According to various reports friends and family are furious that he would jeopardise his family and his career but are supporting him.