AFL legend Nicky Winmar will learn his fate next week after admitting to hitting and kicking a Melbourne taxi driver.
The 53-year-old pleaded guilty in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday to repeatedly assaulting the driver following a St Kilda-Essendon match at Docklands on March 30 after refusing to pay his fare up front.
Prosecutors argue Winmar "went too far" when he allegedly kicked the victim multiple times.
Winmar's lawyer Sam Norton said his client would admit to charges of recklessly causing injury and being drunk in a public place.
Winmar and his partner got into an argument with the driver which quickly became physical.
The men pushed each other, which led Winmar to hit and kick his victim several times.
Winmar smelled of alcohol when found by police and continued to abuse the driver saying "you're a f***ing idiot," while being restrained.
The driver was taken to hospital with a split lip and bruising and swelling to his cheek and ribs. He was unable to work for several weeks.
Mr Norton told the court Winmar was apologetic to both police and the victim and asked if the driver was okay after his arrest.
Magistrate Felicity Broughton considered the assault had a significant impact on the taxi driver.
"This victim was going about his work; he should be safe doing so which needs to be considered," she said.
Mr Norton told the court the money Winmar had made from football went back into the community, including donating his AFL jumper to the Melbourne Museum.
He described his client as an "extraordinary man", requesting he receive a community correction order and pay a fine.
"He has made enormous contributions in a number of ways," Mr Norton said of Winmar's sporting and community achievements.
The matter was adjourned to August 16 so Ms Broughton can to assess the corrections order request.
The AFL great, who played 251 games for St Kilda and the Western Bulldogs, witnessed numerous instances of domestic and alcohol abuse as a child, Mr Norton said.
The former footballer's original court date had been moved so he could attend a statue unveiling in Perth in July, which commemorated the moment Winmar lifted up his jumper and pointed to his skin after copping racist abuse from Collingwood fans in 1993.
Australian Associated Press