Footy star explains Japan biffo
HEARTBREAK over the collapse of his marriage and grief over his mum’s terminal illness triggered Brian Lake’s destructive booze bender in Japan.
The three-time premiership champion and Norm Smith medallist for Hawthorn says he hit “rock bottom” when trying to run from the toughest time of his life.
Within two days of leaving Australian Survivor, Lake has revealed wife Shannon told him they needed a “break”.
Faced with the breakdown of the relationship with the mother of his three children and his mum’s deteriorating health, Lake fled overseas. “You probably should deal with your issues, but I decided to an extent, to run away from them for a bit. I couldn’t handle it,” he said, choking back tears.
“If you’re not in the right headspace when you’re drinking, then it’s amazing when you have a few, that bad things can happen.”
A brawl in Osaka in July after a phone argument with his estranged wife resulted in Lake being put in solitary confinement in a police cell.
After six days he was released and returned home, only for his beloved mother to die after a battle with cancer.