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Brian Lake escapes punishment

By Laura Gardiner
14 January 2013 01:35PM EST

PRIZED Hawthorn recruit Brian Lake has escaped any financial punishment or suspension from the club, after fronting the Hawks leadership group over a drunken night out.

Lake, 30, was forced to face his new teammates on Monday morning after he was issued with an infringement notice by police for being drunk in a public place on Saturday night.

The veteran defender, who played 197 games for the Western Bulldogs before switching to the Hawks in a shock move at the end of last season, fronted his new mates and the media on Monday.

Lake and his wife Shannon were arrested in Sorrento, on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, on Saturday night and spent about four hours in police lock-up.

The dual All-Australian and his wife were both issued with $563 fines by police for being intoxicated in a public place.

The Hawks say after reviewing all the facts surrounding the incident, they felt further punishment for Lake was not appropriate.

An embarrassed Lake said he planned to work hard to win back the respect of his new teammates.

"I've worked my butt off to get my body right," Lake said.

"To have too many drinks on the weekend, I've taken a step back.

"From here I want to move on and gain respect. It was a very embarrassing incident.

"I'm here to apologise to everyone involved at the football club, my family and the fans."

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