GWS has handed former ruckman Shane Mumford a $25,000 fine and a two-match suspension if recruited by the Giants for the 2019 season.
Mumford came under-fire after being filmed snorting a white substance in a video that recently emerged online.
The incident occurred in August 2015 while Mumford was still playing for the Giants.
As well as the suspension and fine, Mumford will undertake a program of community work focused on mental health and drug rehabilitation, and a program of drug and alcohol education and counselling.
Giants CEO Dave Matthews says the sanctions are “absolutely appropriate” and that a decision on whether Mumford will return to the club’s playing list will be decided in the coming weeks.
“Shane is deeply remorseful and embarrassed by his behaviour from three years ago. As a club we were very disappointed in Shane’s actions and the circumstances generally,” Matthews told GWS’ website.
“While Shane has unquestionably been an important part of the Giants as both a player and coach in recent years, the club feels these sanctions are absolutely appropriate to ensure he fully understands the implications of his actions.
“The club will also continue to support Shane as this has clearly been a difficult time for him and his family.
“Shane has unequivocally accepted the sanctions. Some of the sanctions imposed relate to Shane potentially resuming his playing career. A decision on a possible return to the Giants playing list will be considered in the coming weeks.”