Retired All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter received a €1000 ($1682) fine for drink driving.
Sources revealed that the fine was just a quarter of what would normally be expected.
The 35-year-old, who has been playing for Racing 92 in Paris since 2016, was found to have driven his car with a blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit in February.
“It’s not about the punishment that the judge gives you or the fine or anything like that, it’s actually the potential consequences that really hit home for you,” he told the Devlin Radio Show.
“It was a really challenging time for me and my family, I felt like I let a lot of people down, but people make mistakes in their life. The most important thing is that you learn from it.”
Carter confirmed last month that he is moving to Japan to play for the Kobelco Steelers at the end of the season.