Former Gold Coast Suns rookie Joshua William Glenn has avoided an immediate jail term after punching a man outside a hotel near Adelaide.
The 24-year-old, who now plays for the Norwood Redlegs in the South Australian league, admitted along with co-accused Curtis Scot Marks one aggravated count of recklessly causing harm over the drunken assault in March that left the victim with a broken nose.
In Adelaide Magistrates Court on Thursday, magistrate Simon Smart described such incidents as regretfully common as he imposed a three-month suspended sentence on both men, placing them on a 12-month good behaviour bond.
Mr Smart said both Glenn and Marks, 21, were drunk on the night of the incident.
Glenn threw the first bunch and several more blows but Marks also hit the victim before using a mobile phone to film what happened.
The magistrate accepted that the victim had insulted the pair before the incident but told them "all you needed to do was stand up and leave".
Mr Smart said the offending was serious conduct and such behaviour had the potential to result in tragic consequences.