Aaron Edwards. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
RICHMOND coach Damien Hardwick has indicated recruit Aaron Edwards will face further punishment for being drunk in public last weekend.
Edwards was locked up by police for four hours on Sunday and fined after spending the previous day drinking with his former North Melbourne teammates at the Cox Plate.
The forward was traded to the Tigers last week.
Richmond had not commented on the issue until Friday, when Hardwick said Edwards would likely go before his new club's leadership group when the players returned from their holidays.
''He was deeply embarrassed by it and we all make mistakes. He'll learn a pretty harsh lesson, we'll deal with it when our leadership group gets back,'' Hardwick said. ''It's something we're trying to crack out of not only Richmond, but in footy clubs in general.
''You've got a great responsibility to be a role model within this game.
''It's not something we like to see our players do, or any player in the AFL for that matter.''
Edwards was suspended for four games in 2009 by North after the forward was caught speeding in his car and refusing a blood alcohol test.
The Kangaroos also fined him on that occasion and did so in 2007 when Edwards was ejected from a Lionel Richie concert at a winery.
Richmond this year showed it was serious when players transgressed off the field, by suspending Dustin Martin for two games and sacking Daniel Connors after the pair overslept and missed training sessions after taking sleeping tablets.