Rex Hunt ‘not in a good place’ as Sam Newman provides update on AFL icon


Rex Hunt with Richmond superstar Dustin Martin. Image: Getty

Sam Newman revealed fellow AFL icon Rex Hunt is “not in a good place” and is seeking help following a worrying episode in Melbourne this week. According to the Announce sunHunt was driving along the Princes Highway towards Geelong at 2 a.m. when he stopped and called the police for help.

The 73-year-old was then taken to hospital. Victoria Police said in a statement: “Police received a report of an incident at a petrol station in Little River early Tuesday morning, January 17.

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“Agents arrived around 2:15 a.m. and spoke to a 73-year-old man. He was taken to hospital for examination. No one was hurt.”

On Wednesday, Hunt’s friend and fellow former AFL player Newman revealed that he had visited him in hospital. “Rex was a good footballer, he played in two premierships, and he’s a great radio caller and a world-class angler… Can’t be serious” podcast.

Rex Hunt, pictured here with wife Lyn at the 2015 Brownlow Medal.

Rex Hunt with wife Lyn at the 2015 Brownlow Medal. (Photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images)

“We try to support him by saying, ‘Rex, you have to help yourself before everyone tries to help you’. He’s not in a good place, but he should, if he has any experience in life of what made him a good football player or what made him good on the radio or what made him a world-class fisherman, if he used those principles to try to guide him, he could take a turn for the better.

Hunt’s close friend John Locco, a former mayor of Brighton, said: “There are many people who hold Rex in high esteem and we are concerned and support him. He can count on our support, affection and friendship.”

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Hunt played 202 games with Richmond, Geelong and St Kilda and won two premierships with the Tigers. After his retirement, he forged a successful career as a commentator and was the star of the iconic TV show ‘Rex Hunt’s Fishing Adventure’.

He has been embroiled in controversy in recent months, primarily due to comments he made about Channel 7 commentator and AFLW pioneer Daisy Pearce. The 73-year-old was condemned across the footy world last July after speaking out about TV networks being forced to consider “equal genders” in their broadcast teams after Pearce Wayne Carey replaced footy on Friday night.

He later told the Announce sun: “Daisy is great and she will coach well and I understand that you need a lady with that. But what bright spark at Channel 7 thought to get rid of (Carey) – he or she is wrong.

Hunt was then filmed during an alleged traffic accident a few weeks later in which he appeared to threaten another man with a garden tool. Fans have taken to social media in recent days to send their well wishes.

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