COLLINGWOOD star Jordan De Goey is facing disciplinary action after lying to his club about how he injured his hand.
The midfielder told the Pies he broke his hand while playing with his dog, but it was revealed on Tuesday morning he did so after getting involved in an altercation while out celebrating his 21st birthday on Friday night, according to Fox Sports.
Coach Nathan Buckley was unaware of this when he addressed the media on Monday, repeating the youngster's tale to journalists.
"You won't believe me ... he was playing with his dog," Buckley said. "If we don't laugh, we'll cry about it - or I will, anyway.
"He was playing with his dog and he went to throw a toy - it wasn't a frisbee. He caught his hand on the edge of a door, a door handle."
That De Goey was celebrating his 21st birthday over the weekend cast doubt over his initial explanation. Melbourne Demons legend Garry Lyon said on Tuesday before the news broke that honesty was always the best policy, even if it involved misbehaviour on the player's part.
"I'm 100 per cent convinced that's what Bucks believes to be the case, and I've got no information to suggest otherwise," Lyon said. "(But) if you're the club, you must have an environment where that player comes up and says, 'Listen, I was out last night (and) this happened, I was driving my car (and) this happened.' You will not keep that stuff under wraps any more."
They proved to be prophetic words just hours before De Goey's crime was made public knowledge.
Sports broadcaster Francis Leach said the decision to lie was just plain "dumb".
"It's dumb beyond belief to use that cover story," Leach said on SEN Afternoons. "It's a lie the size of Mount Everest and it undercuts the values of the football club in 2017. He torches it."
His lie brings back memories of another incident at Collingwood in 2008 involving Alan Didak and Heath Shaw.
Shaw crashed into parked cars while driving intoxicated but the pair denied Didak was in the vehicle too, prompting a famously vigorous defence from president Eddie McGuire.
"Didak will be accused of the Kennedy shooting next," McGuire said.
But the truth came out and Didak and Shaw were both suspended for the rest of the season.
"Who will ever forget Eddie McGuire standing up and defending Heath Shaw and Alan Didak in the most vehement (fashion)?" Lyon said. "He was sold a pup by Didak and Shaw at the time about a crash and fleeing the scene.
"Since that time, every club went back to their players and said, 'Listen, just don't do it. Front up, get it over with (and) we'll deal with it.'
"Every person out there in the public has a phone, every phone has a camera, and they're all going to talk, and you're not going to get away with it."
Former Melbourne forward David Schwarz doubted De Goey's tale from the beginning, suspecting there was more to the story than met the eye on Monday.
"I might be putting two and two together and getting six, but there's plenty of smoke there," Schwarz said on SEN's The Run Home.
"I put this to you. He can avoid six tacklers yet he can't throw a toy near a door without breaking his hand.
"I don't think we are hearing everything.
"If Bucks finds out he is lying to him he makes Bucks look like a fool and puts pressure on him straight away."
De Goey will meet with Buckley and Collingwood football boss Geoff Walsh on Tuesday.
There are calls for the club to come down hard on the rookie, who has already broken a promise he made to Buckley the night he was drafted. The Herald Sun uncovered the conversation that's now come back to haunt De Goey.
"I saw my name in a couple of mock drafts going to Collingwood so I was obviously pretty excited about that and wishing that was going to come through. To finally see that today was unbelievable," De Goey said.
"When I met Nathan Buckley on stage, obviously it was a massive whirlwind. I said to him, 'I'll never let you down.' That's something I live by and I won't let the Collingwood fans down."