A couple of drinks at a social function has resulted in Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge being busted for drink driving a week out from the AFL finals.
The three-time premiership player and former number one draft pick had a blood alcohol reading of 0.068 when police tested him on Thursday night.
Hawthorn’s football operations general manager Chris Fagan said Hodge told the club immediately and co-operated with police.
“Luke understands that as a father of two young boys and a leader of our footy club he is in a position to set an example for the community in regards to road safety, and is extremely remorseful,” Fagan said on Friday.
“He had a couple of drinks throughout the night and thought he was okay to drive, but makes no excuse for his poor judgment.
“This is a reminder for our entire playing group and the community that when in doubt, to take public transport or catch a taxi.”
Hodge received a $450 fine and lost 10 demerit points.
Fagan said the club is disappointed in the captain’s error of judgment.
“The club has spoken to him and the police about the matter and we believe the penalty he has received is appropriate,” Fagan said.
Hodge is currently suspended from playing after slamming Port Adelaide player Chad Wingard’s head into a goalpost.
He is due to return in time for Hawthorn’s first final next week.