Former AFL star Brian Lake could spend much of this month in a Japanese jail after being arrested for an alleged bar incident.
He can be held for 23 days without charge.
Lake had helped the Indonesian Volcanoes win an Asian AFL tournament and was said to be celebrating in the bar when he was arrested.
Lake’s manager Marty Pask confirmed that the former Western Bulldogs and Hawthorn key defender is in custody.
— Marty Pask (@mpask) July 9, 2018
“Brian Lake has been detained by authorities after an incident on Sunday morning (AEST) in Osaka,” Pask said in a statement.
“We are still gathering all the information, however, Brian is assisting the authorities with their inquiries.
“Given the international constraints involved and out of respect to local governance, we won’t be commenting further at this stage.”
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said earlier on Monday that it was ready to help if needed.
“DFAT is making inquiries about an Australian in Japan who may require consular assistance and stands ready to provide assistance … should it be requested,” a spokesperson said.
“Owing to our privacy obligations we will not provide further comment.”
Confirmation Hawks premiership player and Norm Smith medallist Brian Lake has been arrested and is in jail in Japan following a drunken bar fight. Could be held for 3 weeks before charges are issued more on @7NewsMelbourne at 6. pic.twitter.com/UYPxs7dt5c
— Michael Felgate (@MFelgate7) July 9, 2018
Former motorcycle world champion Wayne Gardner was detained for 12 days in Japan two years ago after an alleged road rage incident.
Earlier this year, former Wallabies rugby star George Smith spent 20 days in a Tokyo jail after an altercation involving a local taxi driver.
He was released without charge.
Lake played 251 AFL games, including 197 for the Western Bulldogs before he switched to Hawthorn.
The three-time premiership player won the Norm Smith Medal as best on ground in the Hawks’ 2013 grand final win over Fremantle.
Lake retired in 2015 and now works part-time in the media.
He has been in Fiji, filming for Channel Ten’s reality TV show Australian Survivor.
Lake had posted social media photos from Japan about the Australian Rules tournament.
He made a bad start at Hawthorn in early 2013 when Lake and his wife Shannon spent four hours in custody.
They were leaving a pub in Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula when police arrested them for being intoxicated in a public place.
He was fined $563 and the Hawks ordered him to explain his conduct to teammates.