Former high profile AFL agent Ricky Nixon has been filmed arguing with woman on a Melbourne tram, who broke down in tears after informing him her son had died by suicide two weeks earlier.
The woman could be heard in a video published by the Daily Mail sobbing while Nixon could be heard telling her ‘that has nothing to do with COVID-19’.
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Nixon, 57, was seen arguing with multiple tram passengers in the encounter which reportedly occurred on Tuesday afternoon.
Victorian residents are required by law to wear a mask on public transport, which Nixon was not.
As the clearly distraught woman told Nixon to go away, the once well-regarded agent could then be heard saying ‘Doesn’t have a lot to do with COVID-19. It might have had a lot to do with you.’
Soon after Nixon began arguing with another woman on the tram, who called him a ‘racist’.
“I said you were Asian,” Nixon replied.
“If you aren’t, I apologise.
“These viruses coming into the country seem to come from overseas,” Nixon then added.
Another video showed Nixon threatening to smash the phone of another passenger who was filming him.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Nixon’s fiancee Melissa Huynh defended his actions and referred to his earlier work with mental health organisations.
“Ricky is NOT a racist far from it. I just saw this footage. He is asking her not to film him. He doesn’t want to be filmed. Anyone would be upset by that,” she said.
“Ricky does a lot of work with raising money for cancer victims and has a big heart. He is caring and loving so to hear this really upsets me.”
Nixon did not offer a comment.
Ebony Marinoff’s AFLW tribunal hearing adjourned
The appeal of star Adelaide midfielder Ebony Marinoff against the longest suspension in AFLW history has been adjourned.
Marinoff went to the AFL Appeals Board on Thursday night to challenge her three-match ban for engaging in forceful front-on contact.
The dual Crows premiership player's ban is the lengthiest since the competition's inception and would rule her out of a third of the looming nine-game season.
Marinoff was suspended by the tribunal on Tuesday night for a collision which left GWS' Irish recruit Brid Stack with a fractured neck during a practice match on Sunday.
But her appeal was adjourned until next Thursday after the Crows tried to present fresh video evidence to support her challenge.
Marinoff's counsel Sam Abbott wanted the appeals board to view a collision between Stack and an advertising hoarding from earlier in Sunday's match.
That clip wasn't presented to the initial tribunal hearing.
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