Rex Hunt is “not in a good place” after the legendary footy caller was taken to hospital following a nighttime health scare.
The Herald Sun reported that the 73-year-old was driving along the Princes Highway to Geelong at around 2am when he pulled over to the side of the road at Avalon Airport and called police for help.
“Police received a report of an incident at a gas station in Little River early Tuesday morning, January 17,” Victoria Police said in a statement.
“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.”
Former colleague and co-host of the Footy Show, Sam Newman, visited Richmond’s grandmaster in hospital and said he was not “in a good place” and was seeking help for “mental issues”.
“Rex was a good footballer, he played in two premierships, and he was a great radio caller and a world class angler… Be Serious podcast on Wednesday.
“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 about what made him a good footballer or what made him good on the radio or what made him a world-class fisherman, if he used those things.” principles to guide him, he could take a turn for the better.
Hunt’s close friend John Locco, a former mayor of Brighton, publicly expressed his support.
“There are a lot of people who hold Rex in high esteem and we are concerned and supportive of him. He can count on our support, affection and friendship,” said Locco.
Hunt continued to make headlines in recent years after his retirement.
He became involved in a high-profile public name calling match after he uttered a Facebook diatribe calling for Wayne Carey to replace AFLW champion Daisy Pearce on Channel 7’s live football coverage.
Most recently, he was also caught on camera appearing to wield a garden fork during a disturbing road accident in Victoria in July.
Hunt in December 2021 also reportedly confronted and thwarted a would-be thief when a reporter’s laptop bag was snatched during a boxing match in Melbourne.