MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 26: Former Richmond Tigers AFL footballer Jake King watches the semi-final match between Hyeon Chung of South Korea and Roger Federer of Switzerland on day 12 of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Former Richmond forward Jake King has escaped conviction, and has been hit with a 12-month good behaviour bond instead despite threatening to break someone's legs.

King was also asked to make a $5000 donation to charity, following an incident involving ex-teammate Tyrone Vickery late last year.

King threatened a man who allegedly ripped off Vickery, and was caught on tape making threats.

He pleaded guilty to possessing testosterone and also to making a threat to cause serious injury, but the Magistrate said King had "misguided loyalty."

However, King was let off after glowing reference by a number of Richmond greats, including Dustin Martin, Matthew Richardson, Brendon Gale and ex-Richmond president Gary March.

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