Grant Hackett Arrested After ‘Ranting & Raving’ At Family Home

Troubled retired swimming star Grant Hackett of Australia was arrested at his family’s home today, February 15th after an apparent drunken rage. “It’s what I’d call a bit of a breakdown,” is how the 3-time Olympian’s father described Hackett’s behavior of ‘ranting and raving’ at his Southport home before calling the police. “Grant’s got a medical problem and it manifested itself here this morning,” his father, Neville, stated to The Gold Coast Bulletin.

Ultimately released without charge, the situation is just the latest in a series of bizarre situations involving Hackett, alcohol and what his family says is ‘now a chronic problem’.  Last Spring, after not making his nation’s Olympic team last year after coming out of retirement, Hackett was involved in an alleged altercation on a flight. The victim accursed Hackett of having reportedly forcefully grabbed his nipple, “tweaking” it. Although the alleged victim said he felt “unsafe and violated” by Hackett and the swimmer was questioned by the Australian Federal Police immediately following the flight’s arrival, the victim decided not to press charges.

Hackett’s brother, Craig, told Australian reporters today, that, “From a mental health perspective, I hope something can be done. This is not Grant Hackett, this is a completely different person. I don’t know this person, my mum and dad don’t know this person. He’s there in body, but he is not there in mind, in soul or spirit.”

Hackett is considered an Australian swimming legend, having won gold medals in the men’s 1500m freestyle event at both the Sydney and Athens Olympics, while claiming silver in Beijing. He retired after that 2008 appearance, but made a valiant comeback last year, which resulted in his narrowly missing out on a 4x200m freestyle relay berth.


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Swimmer A

Mental health doesn’t discriminate… can happen to anyone. I hope he seeks treatment and finds peace within himself. It’s not an easy thing to overcome though.

Joel Lin

This story is just heartbreaking to read.

Rooting for Grant now more than ever.


U are right , the root can be deep seated and unconscious . I specializes myself in those psychic subconscious patterns . it aint easy to explore but i have success with my clients so far .


My thoughts are with him and his family. Having suffered with no-polar for 14 years I understand how difficult mental health issues are. Exspecially if there undiagnosed and untreated


I mean bi-polar


No-polar got me thinking .

M Palota

Terrible stuff. As noted by many, many others, mental health issues are an equal opportunity affliction.

cynthia curran

That’s true, I understand why I have meltdowns and as a kid some of my teammates thought me weird. Grant Hackett has it worst since he is well known. The swimming helped to keep him focus for years and without it he needs something else to help him.

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