The ongoing drama surrounding the 17 year-old girl at the centre of the St. Kilda Football Club sex and nude photos scandal has reached new heights after one of Australia’s leading player managers, Ricky Nixon, was exposed on CC TV footage leaving the girls Melbourne Hotel room on Valentine’s Day this week.
Nixon, the manager of numerous St. Kilda players who have also been involved in the ongoing scandal, including Nick Riewoldt, Sam Gilbert and Nick Dal Santo, publicly claimed that the 17 year-old girl in question was, “In a vulnerable state” after the scandal rocked St. Kilda in December 2010. Despite these claims, just two months later, Nixon has been caught at her hotel on Valentine’s Day, buying her alcohol. In addition to this, the 17-year-old girl has claimed that she and Nixon had an affair, on at least three occasions.
This isn’t the first controversy to hit Nixon, who once suffered severe concussion and fractures to his hands, arms and rib cage after slamming his Alfa Romeo sports car into the back of the tram on Swan St, Richmond, in March 2009. Nixon was charged by Police for leaving the crash scene and blowing 0.108, more than double the legal limit despite having the reading taken more than an hour after the crash. The timing of this scandal also highlighted a severe lack of professionalism, given he was handling confessed drug and alcohol user Ben Cousins’ much-hyped comeback with Richmond at the time of the crash.
Arguably the most high-profile sports agent in Australia, Nixon established his sports management company, Flying Start, in 1994 after a previous career as a Physical Education teacher. The company has since grown considerably and is now one of the leading sports management companies in Australia. It is also widely acknowledged as being a major leader in the innovative marketing of athletes, with Nixon being rated by The Age newspaper as the fourth most influential person of the past decade in the AFL.
Nixon’s work has helped educate players on the do’s and don’ts of being a professional athlete, he was once awarded the Australia Day Sports Medal for services to sport by the Prime Minister. His actions and professionalism in this latest scandal however are nothing short of disgraceful and once again highlights the disturbing culture which still exists within small circles of the AFL.
Nixon of all people should know better and it comes as no surprise that his athletes follow his lead.