Another sports star F/wit- Daniel Kerr charged over violent incident


“Allegedly” Pouring petrol over the house of the parents of a let’s say drug colleague is something to be proud of! What is wrong with these tools? Brilliant player disturbed and wayward person. Daniel has form, being found on police tapes in a crime investigation years ago talking about Ketamine (as a current player) Makes me wonder about their premierships, when we know Ben Cousins was as a high as a kite and club did nothing and he went on to win the Brownlow medal off his face (also deserted close friends approaching a booze/drug bus by diving into a river!!!) What a classy club. Future hall of famer’s

UPDATE

November 24, 2014 7:43AM

 

His parents did the best thing for him, refused to pay his measly $5000 surely, (neither would his wealthy former team mates) leaving him in jail for 5 days.

Daniel Kerr reveals he has hit rock bottom, and his mother refused to bail him out

Daniel Kerr says five days in jail made him reassess his life.

Daniel Kerr says five days in jail made him reassess his life.

TROUBLED former West Coast Eagles star Daniel Kerr, who spent four nights in prison last week, has revealed that he has hit rock bottom.

The 31-year-old, who is soon to face court on two charges of endangering life, health or safety of a person, says his life “can’t get much lower, I don’t think’’.

And in a bizarre twist, it has emerged that the former footballer’s father was the victim of a violent attack on the weekend, stabbed in the chest during an altercation with a group of men (see report below). Mr Kerr senior is now home from hospital.

Speaking for the first time since his release from Hakea Prison last Sunday, Kerr told Seven News that five days in jail was “the kick in the butt I needed’’.

“I’m going OK. There will be a pending court case which I can’t talk about, but I can’t really change what happens there, I can only change my actions going forward,’’ the former Eagles star mid-fielder told Seven News.

“As much as maybe there will be some pretty heavy consequences, I think it was the kick in the butt that I needed.’’

Daniel Kerr is led from Hakea Prison by his parents. Picture: Channel Nine

Daniel Kerr is led from Hakea Prison by his parents. Picture: Channel Nine

Kerr described how he was held in the crisis care unit at Hakea Prison, an area separate from other prisoners.

“There were some pretty hard times. I couldn’t get to sleep in there. It gave me a lot of time to think. It was what I needed,’’ he said.

Kerr said it was his mother Roxanne’s decision not to bail him out of jail immediately after his arrest — and that high-profile teammates said they could not meet the $5000 surety.

“I made bail, so I think it was my mum’s decision to keep me in there for four or five days which at the time I wasn’t too impressed with,’’ he said.

“I think it was a $5000 surety I was looking for, and Embers and Coxy (former teammates Andrew Embley and Dean Cox) couldn’t put it together themselves so I had to wait for Mum for five days, but it was the kick in the butt I needed.

“I mean, it really has made me realise the important things in life.’’

Kerr arrives at the Wembley home where he mus reside after being released on bail. Pictur

Kerr arrives at the Wembley home where he mus reside after being released on bail. Picture: Twitter/Tracy Vo, Channel Nine

Appearing relaxed and clean-cut, Kerr told Seven he was trying to regain his family’s trust. He planned to focus on a promise of home renovations before his return to court on November 26.

“First of all I’ve got a house that I need to finish that I have been promising (wife) Natasha that I would finish renovating for a while, then the court case will come along and I will see if I have to spend some time in jail to reflect on things or whether I can go out into the real world and get a job,’’ he said.

He accepts that football fans have a lower opinion of him since he was charged.

Kerr, a two-time Brownlow Medal runner-up, in his heyday.

Kerr, a two-time Brownlow Medal runner-up, in his heyday.

“The majority of them (fans) dislike me, which is fair enough, I mean, I don’t like what’s happened, my family doesn’t like what’s happened, but everyone’s been pretty good and hopefully we can move forward,’’ he said.

Kerr’s father stabbed

Daniel Kerr’s father Roger was stabbed on Saturday night during an altercation with a group of men, Seven News reported.

Roger Kerr, a former WAFL player, was reportedly in a taxi on his way home to Kardinya from Crown Casino after midnight when there was an altercation with a car load of men on Leach Highway.

Kerr senior was allegedly stabbed. He made it home where police and an ambulance were called and he was taken to Royal Perth Hospital around 2am and left soon after.

Roger Kerr in the spotlight during his son’s troubles with the law last week.

Roger Kerr during his son’s run-in with the law last week.

Mr Kerr, 53, has not made a formal complaint to police.

It is believed that he did not know the men involved and reportedly suffered a 2cm stab wound to his lower left chest.

Daniel Kerr visited him at home today.

It was made clear that Kerr, whose bail conditions require him to adhere to a night curfew, was in no way involved in the stabbing incident, which police are investigating.


 

Former West Coast Eagles footballer Daniel Kerr charged over violent incident

Nine News - Kerr arrest
Daniel Kerr in action for the West Coast Eagles. The former footballer has been charged w

Daniel Kerr in action for the West Coast Eagles. The former footballer has been charged with assault.

FORMER West Coast Eagles star Daniel Kerr allegedly splashed petrol around a Glendalough property, tried to light a fire and threatened a man and woman inside, it has been reported.

The 31-year-old was granted bail after a brief court appearance in the wake of his arrest in Perth last night.

However, he reportedly failed to post bail after he was unable to secure a $5000 surety and was due to spend at least last night behind bars at Hakea Prison.

Kerr was arrested last night after WA Police were called to an alleged altercation at a private residence in Pollard Street, Glendalough at about 11pm.

Nine News reported that Kerr was acting bizarrely when he allegedly threw petrol at a man and a woman inside the Glendalough home.

Seven News reported an agitated Kerr allegedly smashed furniture inside the Glendalough property before splashing petrol around, threatening to set it on fire. A small fire was lit, it reported.

Daniel Kerr’s parents Roger and Roxanne Kerr leave court. Picture: Matthew Poon

Daniel Kerr’s parents Roger and Roxanne Kerr leave court. Picture: Matthew Poon

A neighbour said he heard loud noises, an alarm and a man yelling before a car drove off last night.

Kerr was charged with two counts of endangering the life, health or safety of a person and remanded in custody before he appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court this afternoon.

He has been granted bail on the condition he remain at his Wembley residence between 7pm and 7am and he has been ordered not to go within 100 metres of the homes of the two complainants, in Glendalough and North Beach.

His lawyer, John Prior, told the court he was aware of the seriousness of the charges but was entitled to the presumption of innocence.

“The charges are serious and the allegations are serious, but commonly people are put on bail with charges of this nature,” Mr Prior said.

Kerr stood with his head bowed and did not speak. The matter was adjourned to November 26.

The troubled ex-footballer’s parents Roger and Roxanne Kerr arrived at court this afternoon, but left without their son.

Kerr’s accomplished 220-game career at West Coast was littered with a string of off-field controversies.

St John Ambulance said it was called to the incident but an ambulance was not required.

Daniel Kerr was reportedly taken to Hakea Prison after failing to post bail.

Daniel Kerr was reportedly taken to Hakea Prison after failing to post bail.

West Coast released a statement late this morning following Kerr’s arrest.

“The West Coast Eagles are disappointed and saddened at news of Daniel Kerr’s recent arrest,” the statement read.

“We will continue to support Daniel, who was an outstanding player for this club, to get the help he needs to recover from this situation and to get his life back on track.

“As this matter is now in the hands of police, the club has no further comment to make.”

Kerr’s former coach John Worsfold told Seven News: “Immediate reaction is the concern that Daniel’s OK himself and he’s not getting himself into trouble and then you wonder if you can contact him and help him out.”

“There are players, if they don’t really commit to anything while they’re playing footy and have some idea about a pathway post-football, they can feel worthless when they finish playing.”

Daniel Kerr played 220 games for West Coast.

Daniel Kerr played 220 games for West Coast.

Kerr’s premiership teammate Andrew Embley told Nine News: “It’s quite sad, I know Daniel’s not just an ex-teammate of mine but a really close friend.

“He’s obviously going through a few issues at the moment, I know he’s got a lot of family support and friend support around him, so hopefully he can get through some of those challenges he’s facing.”

West Coast champion Glen Jakovich tweeted it was sad to see Kerr “struggle with life after footy”.

“Hope he learns from this latest issue. Deep down he is a good person!!,” Jakovich tweeted.

DANIEL KERR’S AFL CAREER

Drafted: Pick 18 in 2000 National Draft, from East FremantleGames: 220 games for West Coast (2001-2013)

Goals: 122

Highlights: 2006 premiership player, two-time Brownlow Medal runner-up (2005, 2007)

HEATH Shaw gets BUSTED for betting on a Collingwood game


BREAKING NEWS Heath Shaw got a friend to place bets……..as a result of his conduct he will be suspended for 14 matches and fined $20,000… Cannot play in any games for 8 weeks…What a bloody dickhead, considering his past…..Finals stuffed for him now….Maxwell fined $10,000, reckons he didn’t know the info was to be used to bet with…More later

HEATH Shaw is set to be suspended for betting on a Collingwood game.

Heath Shaw busted betting on own player to kick first goal

The breach relates to Shaw betting on Nick Maxwell kicking the first goal in the Round 9 match against Adelaide. Was backed in from 125-1 to 25-1 raising alarm bells.

Maxwell, known as a defender, started the game in the forward line.

The AFL has called a media conference for 3.45pm.

The league says AFL operations manager Adrian Anderson will detail a decision relating to player rules about anti-gambling.

The league has introduced stringent rules in recent years prohibiting players, club and league officials from punting on matches.

The match was brought to the league’s attention in May after a corporate bookmaker was approached to take bets on the Collingwood skipper kicking the first goal at Etihad Stadium, although there was no suggestion Shaw was involved at the time.

Maxwell was a surprise starter in the forward line, but failed to kick a goal.

The Official AFL Statement on the Matter….

THE AFL has announced it had concluded an investigation into betting on AFL matches or events, in contravention of AFL regulations.

AFL general manager football operations Adrian Anderson said the AFL had conducted an extensive investigation after its routine monitoring of betting markets had shown some unusual activity around a match earlier this season.

The AFL entered into information sharing agreements nearly two years ago with all major bookmakers in Australia, as part of a range of measures to protect the integrity of the sport, and enabling AFL integrity manager Brett Clothier to complete the investigation.

Anderson said the AFL’s rules around gambling on the AFL were completely clear and were central to the integrity of the competition.

“All AFL players, coaches, umpires and officials can be in no doubt that betting on the AFL is prohibited and they can not disclose inside information when it could be used for betting purposes. Serious sanctions will continue to apply,” Anderson said.

Anderson said the following actions had been taken;

Heath Shaw – Collingwood player

In relation to three offences, Collingwood player Heath Shaw has been suspended for 14 matches, with six matches of this sanction suspended. Shaw was also fined $20,000. He will not be able to play at any level until the conclusion of round 24 of the 2011 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.

On 21 May 2011, player Shaw shared $10 in a $20 cash bet with a friend on Nick Maxwell to kick the first goal of the round nine match between Collingwood and the Adelaide Crows, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday May 22. The bet was placed at odds of $101.

On the same day, Shaw passed on inside information to two people that team mate Nick Maxwell would start the match up forward, instead of his usual role in defence. This information led to the placing of three cash bets totalling $25 on Nick Maxwell to kick the first goal, also at odds of $101.

Maxwell was backed in from $101 to $26 to kick the first goal of the game (He did not kick the first goal of the match).

Anderson said the AFL had completed its interviews with Heath Shaw this week.

While the penalty reflects the serious nature of the offending and the need to safeguard the integrity of the competition, in determining penalty, Anderson said the AFL had also taken into account the following mitigating factors:

  • Shaw’s honesty in admitting these offences at an early opportunity and foregoing his right to a Tribunal hearing
  • Shaw’s contrition
  • The small size of the bets in question
  • The fact that Shaw’s offence did not include any attempt to influence the outcome of the contest

The AFL would like to record Collingwood’s strong co-operation and support of  the investigation.

“The club fully co-operated and supported the investigation and took the matter as seriously as we did, which is very much to their credit,” Anderson said.

Nick Maxwell – Collingwood player

Collingwood player Nick Maxwell has been sanctioned $5000, with a further $5000 suspended for recklessly disclosing inside information, being information that he would start the match as a forward in the round nine match between Collingwood and the Adelaide Crows.

Player Maxwell had discussed this with his family in the lead-up to the match

Maxwell’s actions were reckless in that while he regularly discussed inside information relating to tactics with his family, he admitted never discussing with them the need to keep this information confidential, or the fact that this information should not be used for betting purposes.

The disclosure of the information by Maxwell led to three account bets totalling $85 being placed by his family members on Maxwell to kick the first goal of the match.

While the penalty reflects the serious nature of the offending and the need to safeguard the integrity of the competition, in determining penalty, Mr Anderson said the AFL had also taken into account the following mitigating factors:

  • Maxwells’ honesty in admitting these offences at an early opportunity and foregoing his right to a Tribunal hearing
  • Maxwell’s contrition
  • The fact that Maxwell was not aware and never intended for the information to be used for betting purposes

In determining penalty, Anderson said the AFL had taken into account player Maxwell’s full co-operation.

As per the case with player Shaw, the AFL would like to record Collingwood’s strong co-operation and contribution to the investigation, Anderson said.

Anderson said these offences would never have been detected without the comprehensive measures that were put in place over recent years to protect the integrity of the competition.

While it is disappointing that these offences have occurred, it is fundamentally important that matters such as this are detected and addressed to prevent more serious integrity issues arising.

“I wish to thank AFL integrity manager Brett Clothier and AFL intelligence co-ordinator Abraham Haddad for their thorough and professional investigation into this matter.”

 

Ricky Nixon-Sex, lies and Video Tape


Ricky Nixon is still living in fantasy land, refusing to be a man and admit his failings, dodging questions, walking away, deflecting blame. Has he forgotten how old he is compared to how old she is. The master negotiator of million dollar contracts, mixing it up in the big tough business work and this teen “Tricked him” into everything did she? Well if that is the case Tricky Dicky Nixon, you are more the fool and she is a genius.

More likely is you were thinking with your dick and have tried ever since to get out of taking any responsibility you loser…

UPDATE 02/05/11

UPDATE 10.40am: DISGRACED AFL player agent Ricky Nixon has inferred he was unwittingly drugged before being filmed in Kim Duthie’s hotel room wearing only his underpants.

In an allegation aired on radio MTR’s Steve Price Breakfast Show, Nixon this morning said he had no idea how he ended up in the teenager’s room near nude.

And the suspended player agent, who declared he would no longer speak about the scandal, confirmed he came close to taking his life while standing on a bridge in London.

Nixon told MTR he didn’t want to spark another police investigation or “witchhunt” but suggested drugs were the reason why he couldn’t explain being in Duthie’s hotel room wearing only underpants. correct, the drugs he snorted

“The answer is still I don’t know,” Nixon told MTR.

But what people don’t know is I was found a few hours after that outside my office at Etihad Stadium some three kilometres from the hotel room in not a great way. drugs do catch up with you “Tricky”

“Let’s just say that there is a good reason why I don’t know what happened.”

He has denied having sex with or taking drugs with the teenager.

Asked by Price whether he thought he unknowingly had a drink spiked or drugs introduced into his system in some other way Nixon said: “All I’ll say is that I’ve always thought you’re a smart bloke, that you’re very good at analysing things and nine times out of 10 you are right in what you say Steve.”

RICKY Nixon has failed to explain why he was in schoolgirl Kim Duthie’s hotel room wearing only a pair of underpants.

The disgraced sports agent instead accused Duthie of “setting him up” and “conning the world” they had sexual relations and that he gave her drugs.

Nixon said Duthie was a member of “Gen-Y who is very tech savvy and who is very good at making up conversations and texts”.

“We are talking about a habitual liar, a habitual liar who strips down to her G-string on Lonsdale street,” he said.

An angry and emotional Nixon struggled to answer many questions put to him tonight by Channel Seven‘s Ross Coulthard. Several times Nixon walked out of the interview or reminded the journalist of legal ramifications.

Asked bluntly of the central allegations, Nixon said – “Let me be very clear, I had no sexual relationship with that girl, I never have at all.”

But Nixon failed to explain why he was in his underpants in a hotel room with Duthie.

“No I can’t (explain it),” he said.

“And no one can provide any evidence to me of sex or drugs. You’ve all been conned.”

Nixon admitted texting Duthie at one stage to tell her he would look at pictures of her in his phone “when I am on top of you” but said the comment was being taken out of context.

He also denied telling her he would share a line of cocaine with her and after one heated exchange with Coulthard said – “I was not using cocaine with this girl.”

Nixon also spoke for the first time about allegations he threatened to kill the girl and her family and of taking his own life while in London because of the pressure.

Denying he threatened to kill Duthie over the allegations and the video footage, Nixon said he told her he may as well driver his car into the Yarra.

Nixon described Duthie as a “habitual liar” when confronted with the claim he had sent Duthie a text saying – “Why did you film? You will have a nice life because it will be a short one. I’m not going to kill you, just your mother, father and little sister. Then you will know what its like to have your life ruined.”

The accusation prompted Nixon to confess you had wanted to kill himself.

“I was in London in total shock in the lowest ebb of my life, wondering what the hell had happened,” he said.

“Have you ever stood on a bridge across the Thames and nearly tried to jump off it? Have you ever done that? Have you ever thought your life was over, Ross?

“Have you ever thought you’re sick and tired of a 17-year-old girl playing with your life, and your family’s life, and your kids life, and your grandmothers life? Would you enjoy that?”

Nixon was banned last month from practising for two months by the AFL Player Association after an investigation he described as “media driven and unlawful.”

“The only person they didn’t speak to was myself,” he said.

“I was under a medical condition in recovery. I wasn’t allowed to speak to the board or given adequate time to do it. It was a witch-hunt, it was media driven and I’m not sure they lawfully had the right to investigate me anyway.”

The fiery television exchange left more questions than answers.

“People forget that the two people standing at the top of the pyramids are her and I. Underneath it are parents, friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, clients, business staff they’re all affected by this. They’re all affected by it and they’re very tired of it.”

Ricky Nixon Decision-AFL Players' Association


Hot out of the press conference, it has been decided that Ricky Nixon will….zzzzzzzzzzzzzz waiting waiting

6.10PM Nixon will be given a chance to explain his actions and show cause why he should not receive a ban or suspension………….(bloody what are they doing in there…..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz)

6.40pm

Ok this is what came from the meeting

Nixon failed to meet standards of conduct to maintain accreditation and brought himself and agents into disrepute

Specific breaches included

  1. Conduct that impacted adversely on his ability to represent players he represents
  2. Failed to act in best interest of players he represents
  3. Failed to act with honesty and integrity towards players he represents
  4. Failed to give players he represents a fair and accurate account of his dealings
  5. Engaged in conduct that is materially detrimental to players he represents

Board told Nixon today they have a case against him

He has 7 days to appeal in person or present his case

Accreditation immediately suspended



 

 

One day you're going to get with your pants down...

THE “St Kilda schoolgirl”  Kim Duthie has shown up at the headquarters of the AFL Players’ Association ahead of the release of the report into Ricky Nixon’s future, claiming she received death threats from the player-manager.

Football’s most powerful manager could be stripped of his licence after this afternoon’s meeting of a four-man panel at the AFLPA, with an announcement now expected at about 5.40pm.

The teen – who alleges she was involved in a drug-fuelled affair with Nixon and whom the Herald Sun has decided not to name – spoke to journalists at the AFLPA’s South Melbourne offices, claiming she received “death threats” from Nixon and saying she would open “a can of whoop-ass” by releasing details of another alleged AFL scandal.

Ricky Nixon Decision-AFL Players’ Association


Hot out of the press conference, it has been decided that Ricky Nixon will….zzzzzzzzzzzzzz waiting waiting

6.10PM Nixon will be given a chance to explain his actions and show cause why he should not receive a ban or suspension………….(bloody what are they doing in there…..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz)

6.40pm

Ok this is what came from the meeting

Nixon failed to meet standards of conduct to maintain accreditation and brought himself and agents into disrepute

Specific breaches included

  1. Conduct that impacted adversely on his ability to represent players he represents
  2. Failed to act in best interest of players he represents
  3. Failed to act with honesty and integrity towards players he represents
  4. Failed to give players he represents a fair and accurate account of his dealings
  5. Engaged in conduct that is materially detrimental to players he represents

Board told Nixon today they have a case against him

He has 7 days to appeal in person or present his case

Accreditation immediately suspended



 

 

One day you're going to get with your pants down...

THE “St Kilda schoolgirl”  Kim Duthie has shown up at the headquarters of the AFL Players’ Association ahead of the release of the report into Ricky Nixon’s future, claiming she received death threats from the player-manager.

Football’s most powerful manager could be stripped of his licence after this afternoon’s meeting of a four-man panel at the AFLPA, with an announcement now expected at about 5.40pm.

The teen – who alleges she was involved in a drug-fuelled affair with Nixon and whom the Herald Sun has decided not to name – spoke to journalists at the AFLPA’s South Melbourne offices, claiming she received “death threats” from Nixon and saying she would open “a can of whoop-ass” by releasing details of another alleged AFL scandal.

Nixon going into rehab-Stands down as manager


As I reported here yesterday afternoon, Ricky Nixon has finally admitted to a drug problem and is going into rehab, standing down from all duties whilst an investigation takes place into his actions…

One day you're going to get with your pants down...

DISGRACED AFL player manager Ricky Nixon is taking an indefinite break to deal with a substance abuse problem in a rehabilitation clinic.

Nixon, who is embroiled in a sex and drugs scandal involving a 17-year-old girl, issued a statement tonight saying:

“After 20 years involvement in player management, I am now taking an indefinite break to deal with a number of personal health issues. It is important for both my own health and wellbeing and that of my family to do so immediately.

“I have returned to Australia having spent the last two weeks overseas, where I had the opportunity to seek help for my personal issues. With the understanding and support of family and close friends, I have decided that I will go to a rehabilitation clinic to seek treatment for a substance problem that has impacted on my life and my decision-making, particularly over the last eight weeks.

“Given recent events and with the encouragement of friends, I believe it is the right time for me to seek help, counselling and appropriate treatment.

“While overseas, I have been in contact with the AFLPA and have stated that I will cooperate fully with the investigation currently being undertaken by David Galbally QC. I stand by my original statement in relation to this matter.

“I am so lucky to have the support of my employees and the players that I manage and while I know this time has not been easy for them I think it is important for both staff and players at Flying Start that I immediately relinquish all responsibilities and activities a player manager would normally undertake.

“I have full faith in the staff at Flying Start to operate as usual without my involvement.

“As someone who has been involved in the football industry for more than 30 years I understand the interest in this story but I do ask for the privacy needed to be able to undertake clinical treatment without the intrusion of the media. I also ask that the media leaves my family, friends, staff and players alone. I know these events have caused them enough distress.

“I would like to thank people for the enormous amount of support I have had both here and overseas. This is a significant challenge and one that I am committed to get through and coming out a better person. I would like to sincerely apologise to everyone for the impact caused by these recent events.”

Nixon to stand down-Going into rehab-Statement issued tonight


Well tonight gets a little interesting, Ricky Nixon is on his was back to Australia tonight, the word is he will be going into hiding whilst making arrangements to go into a clinic for what we now call “Personal Issues”

He would not be a cocaine freak would he, snorting way back longer than before Carey was caught??? I wonder.

Anyway watch 60 Minutes tonight on Channel Nine, the Dickileaks girl will be fully identified in a story with Liz Hayes…Expect Nixon to start back peddling this week!

One other thing, would it be cynical of me to suggest he escaped overseas to get drugs out of his system do you think readers?

UPDATE TONIGHT 7TH MATCH 2011

Well I was spot on the money yesterday.here is Statement Ricky Nixon Issued tonight…

DISGRACED AFL player manager Ricky Nixon is taking an indefinite break to deal with a substance abuse problem in a rehabilitation clinic.

Nixon, who is embroiled in a sex and drugs scandal involving a 17-year-old girl, issued a statement tonight saying:

“After 20 years involvement in player management, I am now taking an indefinite break to deal with a number of personal health issues. It is important for both my own health and wellbeing and that of my family to do so immediately.

“I have returned to Australia having spent the last two weeks overseas, where I had the opportunity to seek help for my personal issues. With the understanding and support of family and close friends, I have decided that I will go to a rehabilitation clinic to seek treatment for a substance problem that has impacted on my life and my decision-making, particularly over the last eight weeks.

“Given recent events and with the encouragement of friends, I believe it is the right time for me to seek help, counselling and appropriate treatment.

“While overseas, I have been in contact with the AFLPA and have stated that I will cooperate fully with the investigation currently being undertaken by David Galbally QC. I stand by my original statement in relation to this matter.

“I am so lucky to have the support of my employees and the players that I manage and while I know this time has not been easy for them I think it is important for both staff and players at Flying Start that I immediately relinquish all responsibilities and activities a player manager would normally undertake.

“I have full faith in the staff at Flying Start to operate as usual without my involvement.

“As someone who has been involved in the football industry for more than 30 years I understand the interest in this story but I do ask for the privacy needed to be able to undertake clinical treatment without the intrusion of the media. I also ask that the media leaves my family, friends, staff and players alone. I know these events have caused them enough distress.

“I would like to thank people for the enormous amount of support I have had both here and overseas. This is a significant challenge and one that I am committed to get through and coming out a better person. I would like to sincerely apologise to everyone for the impact caused by these recent events.”

STAY TUNED I WILL POST VIDEO FROM TONIGHTS 60 MINUTES SHOW TONIGHT


Ricky hopping into bed way over the on the wall side.Why do that?

One day you're going to get with your pants down...

RICKY Nixon has failed to turn up at work as the scandal surrounding his relationship with a schoolgirl escalated.

The troubled AFL player manager returned last night from two weeks in the UK, avoiding the scandal surrounding his alleged affair with the 17-year-old girl who released explicit photos of AFL St Kilda players last year.

On the same night, the girl was interviewed on the Nine Network’s 60 Minutes program, giving more details of her alleged involvement with Nixon and St Kilda players.

After assurances it would be “business as usual” today despite the continuing scandal, Nixon failed to turn up at work this morning.

Staff at Nixon’s Flying Start office in Melbourne said their boss would not be returning to work at the Docklands Stadium office this morning.

While Nixon reportedly told Fairfax media yesterday he would be returning to work at the Flying Start office today, staff there have told reporters their boss will not be coming in.

He said he had spoken to Nixon but there would be no further comment on his whereabouts.

Also this morning, AFL boss Andrew Demetriou says he was aware the “St Kilda schoolgirl” was probably lying about falling pregnant to Saints star Sam Gilbert.

The Frankston 17-year-old made the stunning admission she fabricated the pregnancy tale to Channel 9 show 60 Minutes, and later apologised to Gilbert.

In an interview this morning, Demetriou revealed he knew the story was likely to be fake but chose not to speak about it publicly.

“I was led to believe through some of our other investigations that that may have been the case,” he told radio station 3AW.

“There have been a number of situations where this girl has said things that have proven to be incorrect. There are many things we could have said, but we’ve chosen out of respect to her welfare not to comment.”

Asked why she lied, the girl told 60 Minutes it was for attention.

“I really can’t answer that,” she said.

“I honestly don’t know why I said it. What can I say, I was 16, um, stupid, immature little teenager.”

The girl, who is now 17, said she only owed Gilbert an apology.

“It was one of the biggest mistakes of my life.

I don’t think I owe anyone an apology other than Sam, so, yeah.”

In an email, sent after the Herald Sun broke the story about their “inappropriate dealings” on February 19, Nixon allegedly talks about reigniting their relationship and prompts her to issue a statement denying they ever had sex.

In it he allegedly tells her to say: “I want to clear the air about what happened that night in my hotel room.

“To put on the record that there was no sex and no drug taking.

When I told people that I’d been having sex with him I never dreamt that it would get the coverage that it has I then put together a video that gives the impression that we had sex and drugs.” The program identified her, but The Advertiser has chosen not to.

In text messages Nixon also allegedly wrote: “We will need to plan our relationship carefully but I will definately (sic) give it a go so long as we dont film or tape each other and u (sic) have amazing sex at least twice a day.”

And: “Your choice if you dont do it not only will there be no future for us but youlll (sic) have 100s of people associated with me who will want revenge on you and that will be with you for the rest of your life.”

Late last night the Herald Sun learned Nixon was vacillating and may not want to step down as a player manager, but would only do so if people close to him believed it to be the best option.

It was reported on Nine News last night Nixon would enter a clinic for professional help for “personal problems” and he planned to stand down.

Nixon has, however, told friends this won’t be the case.

A close associate said last night Nixon had assessed his future while in London and, despite having “ups and downs”, he was in good spirits.

The friend said Nixon had several decisions to make, personally and professionally.

“I know he is looking at all options,” the friend said.

Nixon flew overseas last week as the storm over his “inappropriate dealings” with the girl escalated.

He was set to travel to Ireland to meet business commitments but it is understood he spent most of his fortnight overseas in London.

The girl, who at the weekend was staying at a five-star Melbourne hotel, is not permitted to speak for a week under her contract with Channel 9.

It is understood she was paid a five-figure sum for the interview.

The Herald Sun witnessed phone calls and texts from the powerful player agent to the girl in the days after he was questioned by the newspaper about the nature of relationship with her.

There is a ban in place to stop the teen and Mr Nixon making contact.

Legal experts also say he could face serious charges if he is found to have had a sexual relationship with the teen.

Victoria Police, however, will not reveal whether they will investigate Mr Nixon’s alleged sexual relationship with the girl.

“All matters surrounding Ricky Nixon and a 17-year old Karingal girl are currently under investigation and at this stage Victoria Police has no further comment to make on those matters,” a spokeswoman said.

Barrister David Galbally QC, who is conducting an investigation into Mr Nixon’s conduct on behalf of the AFLPA, wants to interview the 47-year-old this week.

Ricky Nixon crisis a wake-up call to everyone in AFL


Ricky Nixon

Ricky Nixon leaves the Herald Sun building. Picture: Craig Borrow Source: Herald Sun

SEVERAL weeks ago, I wrote in these pages about the scandal enveloping St Kilda Football Club.

The first person to email me that day was none other than player manager Ricky Nixon, who wanted to defend the 17-year-old girl and the players at the centre of the crisis.

He accused me of taking a cheap shot at the parties involved and of not being in possession of the facts. As it turns out, he was launching the dogged defence after his alleged sexual encounter with the teenager.

The facts as they now read are far more tawdry than anyone could have imagined and place Nixon in a position way beyond mere player manager.

Nixon stands accused today of a liaison with the troubled teenager which involved the 47-year-old going to the girl’s hotel on several occasions.

He denies her claims they had sex, but admits he took alcohol to her room. Several tapes and videos mean Nixon may find his denials fall on deaf ears.

The deeply troubled and troublesome teenager had used her not inconsiderable skills as a social networker to document her alleged affair with Nixon.

She allegedly spent Valentine’s Day with married Nixon and had several other romantic encounters with him.

When it inevitably went pear-shaped, the girl hit Twitter again, claiming Nixon had wronged her and she had photographic evidence of an affair.

“This is it,” she wrote. “It is now officially over. Ultimate payback.”

In coming days, we will see the very public unravelling of a deeply disturbing episode, which should send alarm bells ringing through every professional football organisation and media outlet.

Ricky Nixon has ruled the roost in Melbourne for many years as manager to the AFL‘s biggest stars — including Wayne Carey and Ben Cousins — and creating his own headlines in the process.

As his life unravelled in recent years, with several charges against his name for alcohol-related offences, he remained a powerful player in the AFL.

While commentators and administrators knew he was unstable, the young players he mentors have stuck solid and loyal, refusing to sack him.

This week, many of them, including arguably the game’s biggest star, Nick Riewoldt, will have that loyalty sorely tested as the blowtorch is applied.

Nixon faces severe sanctions from the AFL agents’ association, which may mean he is out of a job by week’s end.

But it’s not just Nixon who will receive a wake-up call when the dust settles on the St Kilda scandal.

The AFL, young players, professional football clubs and media organisations need to review the saga and learn from the mistakes made in recent months.

There is no doubt the teenage girl spelt trouble from the beginning. She wreaked havoc with several young footballers and used social networking to spread her vengeance.

The footballers, by the way, were far from blameless. They should have known better and been counselled.

Instead, denials and protecting of reputations became more important than the fact these young men were dealing with a girl who was under age.

Riewoldt was caught in the middle of it, forced to defend himself when nude photographs of him found their way to Facebook. The game’s best-known face is old enough to know better than be snapped by teammates naked.

St Kilda tried to manage the scandal in-house when the AFL and even the police should have been called in.

Instead of just going away, as everyone had hoped, the girl held all and sundry to ransom for months.

She may finally get some desperately needed psychiatric help.

She has been manipulating all of the parties involved in this scandal, including the media and, more particularly, this newspaper. She has done so by dangling the lure of more pictures and videos.

The AFL is finally involved. So, too, the player agents’ association which will rule on Nixon’s future.

When it is over, the AFL may like to use it as the main reason for introducing rules on players visiting high schools and developing mechanisms for dealing with the power of social networking.

It may also be the wake-up call clubs, players and the AFL needed to curtail the power of player managers, those men dubbed the parasites of sport by the multitudes who have been at the wrong end of dealings with them.