Former AFL player agent Ricky Nixon has been involved in an alleged verbal confrontation with a reporter that played out on live radio after doctors questioned the nature of his new health service business venture.
A Current Affair journalist Seb Costello spoke with Dee Dee Dunleavy on 3AW on Wednesday afternoon just minutes after an alleged physical confrontation between him and Nixon in Port Melbourne.
Costello said he was “in a bit of shock”.
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“Mr Nixon has come out of his home in Port Melbourne and I’ve approached him — I’ll be very careful how I describe what happens next because there’s video on this on our A Current Affair cameras we’ll be providing the police — but in the process of speaking with Mr Nixon, his elbow has made contact with my jaw.
“It’s fair to say this is a first for me. We go into these situations obviously asking questions with cameras rolling, so I can appreciate how that’s a provocative situation.
“He (Nixon) has been a public figure for many years, has used the media to his advantage for his football clients and so forth, he’s obviously had a lot of controversial incidents.
“We approached him as he walked on past this post office in Port Melbourne … and upon asking him whether he could speak to us about his IV infusions, there’s been contact between Mr Nixon’s elbow and my jaw.”
Asked if Nixon moved towards Costello or vice versa, Costello said: “The video will speak for itself. We’ll be providing the vision to police.”
7NewsMelbournewhose cameras were also in Bay St, uploaded a short video of the incident on Wednesday afternoon.
After Costello detailed the alleged contact, he was then allegedly approached by Nixon while speaking on Dunleavy’s 3AW program via phone,
“Dee Dee, Mr. Nixon is just approaching me now,” Costello said.
Allegedly addressing Nixon, Costello said: “Mr Nixon calm down. I will speak to you, I’m live on 3AW right now, so I think it’s best that we take 10 minutes and then we’ll speak.
“We can de-escalate it, but you need to move out of my space, please.”
Costello told Dunleavy Nixon was “now here on the street staring at me”.
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He then had another conversation with Nixon, which was aired live on 3AW.
“What’s that? Mr Nixon, we’re not going to do something because you said it … We’re on a public street Mr Nixon … I think the police will see our video tape, Mr Nixon, and they’ll decide,” Costello is heard saying .
“No stand back. stand back
“I’m on the phone, can you please calm down.”
Minutes after his conversation with Costello, Nixon published a post on social media.
“Oh dear the sooky la la’s filming me as I try to buy lunch on Bay St without my permission and asked ro (sic) get out of my way got their right whack back,” Nixon wrote on his Facebook page.
A 9 spokesman told the Herald Sun: “We are checking in with Seb and his wellbeing and making sure he is okay.”
Reporters were attempting to interview Nixon on Wednesday after a Herald Sun report detailed his push into IV infusion treatments.
Doctors addressed their concerns to the News Corp publication about the service Nixon was advertising, saying it was unproven and potentially dangerous.
“It’s very intriguing how interesting characters seem to offer often vulnerable patients information for very large sums of money, and a fool and their money are easily separated,” Australian Medical Association Victoria president Dr Roderick McRae told the Herald Sun.
“There’s no evidence any of this helps with Covid and, frankly, there’s no evidence that this helps with anything.”
Nixon earlier on Wednesday responded to the comments from Dr McRae via social media.
“Thanks everyone for the amazing support this morning – let’s face it how would the media survive in this world without a ticket on the ChickenTrain,” he wrote.
“Looking forward to the head of the Medical Association Roderick McCrae back peddling today when he is forced to apologise
“This ‘Professor of fresh air’ clearly has no idea how Victoria’s No.1 Mobile Health Business Vital Health Checks employs the best & most experienced doctors & nurses in Australia
“We don’t sit on our fat backside in an office stealing tax payers money we are on the road most days helping the community. When’s the last time you visited Ararat Benalla Sale Echuca & Castlemaine conducting health checks on the community?
“Of course you could have given me a courtesy call before opening you (sic) big gob to check your facts.”
Nixon played 63 games for Carlton, St Kilda and Hawthorn across 10 seasons before becoming one of the biggest AFL player agents, signing some of the AFL’s biggest names like Wayne Carey, Tony Lockett, Jason Dunstall and Gary Ablett Sr.
The 58-year-old’s career came crashing down in 2011, losing his accreditation over an inappropriate relationship with a then-17-year-old girl.