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Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
World | By Ernestine Jimenez

Olympic great Hackett arrested after 'breakdown'

Olympic great Hackett arrested after 'breakdown'

Embattled former Olympic champion Grant Hackett has found himself arrested yet again, following freaky scenes this afternoon on the Gold Coast.

But Craig Hackett said it was clear to the family his brother needed help.

A Queensland Police spokesperson said a man had been arrested "following a disturbance at a Surfer's Avenue address at Mermaid Waters around midday".

Hackett admitted he'd been drinking alcohol before the flight and would seek help to quit.

Regarded as Australia's best 1500m swimmer of all time, Hackett won gold medals in the long-distance event at the Sydney and Athens Olympics and finished with silver at Beijing in 2008 when he was the swim team captain.

The 36-year-old's father Nev told News Corp his son has been battling "mental health issues", but would not comment further.

Hackett was allegedly heavily intoxicated, with his father Nev ultimately calling police.

After his TV career unraveled following a series of out-of-competition troubles, he tried to make a comeback for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro previous year but didn't qualify for the Australian team.

In 2014, he was filmed wandering through the Crown Casino in Melbourne in only his underwear claiming he was looking for his young son. That would lead to a five-week stint in rehab.

He also courted controversy in 2014 when he was dishevelled and claimed he had lost his son at Melbourne's Crown Casino hotel complex, before seeking treatment in the USA for sleeping pill addiction.

The couple later said they were dealing with some "private issues".

BARELY DRESSED IN CASINO: Disoriented and drugged up on sleeping pills, Hackett was photographed in 2014 wandering the foyer of Crown Casino barefoot and barely dressed, searching for his four-year-old son.

He later checked into a rehab facility in the United States to treat his addiction to the sleeping pill Stillnox. Upon returning to Australia, he said he was ready to get his life back on track. Police met Hackett at the terminal where he was questioned.

Last April, he publicly apologized for a drunken incident on a flight home from the Australian Olympic trials when he was accused of groping a male passenger who reclined the seat in front of him.

Local broadcaster Channel Seven posted video footage of Hackett being driven to a local police station in handcuffs.

HOME DISTURBANCE: Hackett arrested on February 15, 2017 following reports of a disturbance at a Gold Coast home.

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