AFL investigating leaked footage of Martin

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Richmond will enter the off-season with star man Dustin Martin the subject of an AFL investigation after his return from injury ended in a two-point loss to Brisbane at the Gabba.

Footage from a leaked video emerged on social media this week of the Tigers superstar appearing to grab the breast of a topless woman.

The woman is sitting on the lap of another man, before Martin appears to reach around and touch the woman, to laughter of others at the bar.

When the video was filmed remains unclear, but it is believed to be several years old.

Coach Damien Hardwick wasn't aware of the footage when asked on Wednesday but addressed the incident after Thursday's elimination final loss.

"Of course, we worry about the welfare of our players," he said when asked how it had impacted Martin, who had 15 disposals and a goal on his return from a hamstring injury.

"But he manages to control that and gets on with it.

"It's something I really can't comment on ... we'll work our way through that over the next week."

An AFL spokesperson confirmed to AAP the league was aware of the video and would be seeking "further information".

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said he only found out about the video late on Wednesday night.

"At first pass, the video, it's a poor look," he told the Seven Network at Melbourne Airport on Thursday.

"I don't have any further information this morning about Dustin's relationship to the woman, her views, circumstances, the facts.

"It's with our integrity guys and they'll follow up at the right time, and I'm sure they'll try and speak to everyone involved."

But Richmond senior advisor Neil Balme downplayed the incident and said there was never any chance Martin would miss the elimination final.

"I don't think we took it that seriously but we'll see what happens," he told Channel 10.

"It seemed a long time ago what you're talking about.

"We're pretty good at focusing on what needs to be focused on and the games the only thing that's important to us."

Speculation continues to buzz about the three-time Norm Smith medallist's future at Punt Rd.

The 31-year-old has been constantly linked with a move to Sydney to finish off his AFL career outside of the footy fishbowl in Melbourne.

"He's got two years of his contract to run," Hardwick told reporters post-game.

"All the speculation comes from people sitting over that side of the table (the media) ... the reality is, I'm telling you, he's got two years on his contract remaining."