Thursday, 24 August, 2017

'This Is Not Grant Hackett': Family Concerned For Olympian's Health After Arrest

Grant Hackett Olympic champion Grant Hackett 'arrested on the Gold Coast after "going off" and stabbing a chopping board with a knife'... as his father says he has 'mental health issues'
Howard Terry | 16 February, 2017, 00:39

Craig Hackett was speaking shortly after his brother's arrest over a disturbance at his parents' house on Queensland's Gold Coast yesterday.

The swimmer's brother Craig admitted the family was at a loss with how to deal with his erratic behaviour.

The troubled triple Olympic champion's father reportedly said that he had called the police so his 36-year-old son could be given help.

Police were called to his family's Mermaid Waters home following reports he had become agitated and verbally abusive.

In 2014, Hackett underwent rehab in the USA in 2014 after seeking help for an addiction to the sleeping pill Stillnox.

Hackett won 1,500 metres gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and at Athens in 2004 before retiring after the 2008 Games in Beijing, where he won silver in the event.

As reported by the Gold Coast Bulletin, Nev said Hackett's arrest came due to the "mental health issues" he was facing.

After his TV career unraveled following a series of out-of-competition troubles, he tried to make a comeback for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro previous year but didn't qualify for the Australian team.

In 2014, he was seen barefoot and with just a singlet wrapped around his waist at Melbourne's Crown Casino. That would lead to a five-week stint in rehab.

'We'll support him the whole way, ' he said.

The couple later said they were dealing with some "private issues".

A couple of years earlier, he was treated for a sleeping pill addiction.

"Channel Seven, which has filmed a handcuffed Hackett being driven away in a police vehicle, tweeted that witnesses are claiming Hackett was "'going off' and stabbing a knife into a chopping block". Westpac dumped him as a brand ambassador after the incident, while a children's charity also cut ties. His high-profile marriage to pop star Alley ended bitterly, with both sides battling over prenuptial agreements and custody of their twins, Charlize and Jagger.

The swimmer flew to the United States in 2014 to spend time in a rehab centre after he was spotted topless and disoriented in the lobby of a Melbourne casino. Upon returning to Australia, he tells media he's ready to get his life back on track.

He allegedly "smelt of alcohol" during the flight, and was questioned by Australian Federal Police over the matter.

Last April, he publicly apologized for a drunken incident on a flight home from the Australian Olympic trials when he was accused of groping a male passenger who reclined the seat in front of him.

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