Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge busted drink-driving
LATEST: Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge may yet face further punishment after being busted drink-driving, says Caroline Wilson.
The Hawks champion was driving home from what the club says was a ‘social function’ on Thursday when he was stopped by police.
He registered a blood alcohol reading of 0.068.
The club said it was aware Hodge was attending the event and was notified immediately after the offence occurred.
He was fined $450 and lost 10 demerit points. The club said an ’embarrassed’ Hodge had received an ‘appropriate’ penalty.
But Wilson said on 3AW Football the Hawks hadn’t ruled out further action, despite reports suggesting otherwise.
‘It’s been suggested there will be no penalty from the club, I don’t think that’s necessarily right,’ she said on 3AW.
‘The club will meet on Monday and make a decision.
‘I think they just want to get this week’s game over and done with and then Luke needs to front the leadership group and other stakeholders at the club.’
Caroline Wilson said she didn’t expect Hawthorn to suspend Hodge, but questioned whether the outcome would be the same if it was a younger player.
‘That’s the issue, isn’t it?’ she said.
‘How strongly do you to take these things? If this was a footballer who was a lesser light, not necessarily playing finals, I’d say they probably would have suspended him.
‘But are you going to suspend Luke Hodge on the eve of finals?’
LISTEN: Caro, Lloydy, Dwayne and Shawry discuss the issue on 3AW
‘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.’
‘He had a couple of drinks throughout the night and thought he was okay to drive, but makes no excuse for his poor judgement.’
‘This is a reminder for our entire playing group and the community that when in doubt, to take public transport or catch a taxi.’
‘We are disappointed in Luke’s error of judgement, the club has spoken to him and the police about the matter and we believe the penalty he has received is appropriate.’