An “embarrassed” Bugg was handed a six week ban at the AFL Tribunal last night.
Following the hearing, Bugg said he had been in contact with Mills since the incident to apologise for the hit.
“I accept full responsibility for my actions,” Bugg said.
“I’m looking forward to working over the next six weeks to win back respect from my club, my players and the wider community.
Bugg said his friendship with teammate Angus Brayshaw who has been the victim of several concussions, had affected him.
“I’m very close with Angus Brayshaw and he’s been through concussions and I see how it affects the family,” Budd added.
Bugg did not give any evidence at the hearing. His counsel chose only to argue the severity of his punishment.
Bugg will be first available for the Demons’ Round 22 clash with Brisbane.