Footy star ex­plains Ja­pan biffo

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT -

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.

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