Nixon to learn fate

AFL poised to strip ac­cred­i­ta­tion from high- pro­file man­ager

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

TROU­BLED player man­ager Ricky Nixon’s fu­ture will be de­cided to­day, just when the AFL wants the spot­light to fo­cus on the com­ing sea­son.

Lawyer David Gal­bally, who has been in­ves­ti­gat­ing Nixon’s in­ap­pro­pri­ate deal­ings with a teenage girl, sub­mit­ted his re­port to the AFL play­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion yes­ter­day. While that re­port will not be made pub­lic, a fourm a n a s s e m b l y o f t h e AFLPA’s agent ac­cred­i­ta­tion board will meet this af­ter­noon to con­sider it. The board, which in­tends to pub­licly air its com­plete find­ings, will an­nounce its de­ci­sion af­ter that meet­ing.

That could in­volve strip­ping Nixon of his right to r e p r e s e n t A F L p l a y e r s , which would be an un­prece­dented step.

Al­ter­na­tively, they might present Nixon with the case against him and of­fer the high-pro­file agent the chance to pro­vide rea­sons why he should not be pun­ished.

Ei­ther way, it will cast a shadow over si­mul­ta­ne­ous events de­signed to pro­mote t he com­ing AFL sea­son, which be­gins next week.

While the ac­cred­i­ta­tion board is meet­ing, cap­tains of the 17 AFL clubs will be giv­ing their pre­dic­tions for the sea­son ahead. The skip­pers will then all front the me­dia, an event that could over­lap with the AFLPA an­nounce­ment on Nixon.

Ricky Nixon

That will be fol­lowed by the AFL’s of­fi­cial sea­son launch tonight.

G a l b a l l y i nves­ti­gat­ing h a s b e e n Nixon’s re- la­tion­ship with Kim Duthie, the teenager at the cen­tre of the St Kilda nude pho­tos scan­dal, which em­bar­rassed sev­eral of the play­ers Nixon man­ages.

Nixon last week ad­mit­ted him­self to a re­hab clinic, ac­knowl­edged he had a sub­stance abuse prob­lem and stepped down in­def­i­nitely from player man­age­ment.

The 47-year-old has ad­mit­ted to acting in­ap­pro­pri­ately with Duthie, but de­nies her claims that they had a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship or that he used drugs in her pres­ence.

A video re­leased by Duthie that pur­ported to show him on her bed in a ho­tel room dressed only in his un­der­wear is be­lieved to have been ex­am­ined by Gal­bally. She has also claimed the pair used co­caine and al­co­hol in the room.

N i x o n ’ s d e a l i n g s w i t h Duthie are among a se­ries of off-field dra­mas which have dogged the AFL in the off­sea­son. They in­clude nude pho­tos of Saints play­ers be­ing pub­licly cir­cu­lated in De­cem­ber and four other Saints be­ing sus­pended and fined by the club for mis­be­haviour in­volv­ing the mis­use of pre­scrip­tion drugs at a camp in New Zealand in Jan­uary. That was fol­lowed by star for­ward Bren­dan Fevola’s sack­ing by Bris­bane in Fe­bru­ary af­ter an al­co­hol­fu­elled tan­gle with po­lice on New Year’s Eve.

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