Hawthorn veteran Luke Hodge hosted his brother’s 21st birthday party the day before he missed a training session in an event that led to a club-imposed suspension, according to Danny Frawley.
The four-time premiership Hawk will miss Round 1 due to the misdemeanour, which forced the club’s leadership group to sanction the 32-year-old on Friday.
“The facts are — he hosted his brother’s 21st at his place on Sunday,” Frawley said during Fox Footy’s coverage of Hawthorn’s clash with Port Adelaide.
“They had a couple of days off on the Thursday and Friday and then they had the weekend off.
“It was a good time for him to host his brother’s 21st at his place. They had training the next day and he failed to notify the club that he didn’t turn up for training.
“He was a little bit confused as to whether he had the day off or not.”
Hodge played for Box Hill on Friday as part of his suspension, while he will miss the side’s Round 1 clash with Essendon in a fortnight’s time.
“It would’ve been hard for the leadership group to give one of their best mates a rap over the knuckles,” Frawley said.
“To put him out of Round 1, it’s big news because you want to play well in Round 1.
“With the new leadership group, they’ve got to set the standards high. There’s no higher standard than to drop one of the greatest players to ever play for the Hawthorn Football Club.
“Everyone knows where the line in the sand is now.”