Ricky Nixon is a former Australian rules footballer who played in the VFL/AFL. Beyond his playing career, he transitioned into becoming a prominent sports agent, achieving high-profile status in Australia. At the pinnacle of his career, Nixon was recognized as a powerful and influential figure within the AFL (Australian Football League).
Age- 60 years
Full name-Ricky Lee Nixon
Height- 1.86 m
Weight- 83 kg
Born- 3 April 1963
Birthplace- Yorba Linda, CA
Profession-Footballer and former sports agent
Details about Ricky Nixon’s parents and family remain undisclosed as he has chosen not to publicly share information about his personal life.
Information about Ricky Nixon’s marital status is currently not known.
Recruited from Golden Square in the Bendigo Football League, Ricky Nixon played four games for the Carlton Football Club from 1983 to 1985, scoring one goal amid limited opportunities. Despite being an emergency 13 times in Carlton’s 1982 premiership year, Nixon’s playing career had constraints. Transitioning to a career as a sports agent, he founded Flying Start in 1994, gaining recognition as one of Australia’s most influential sports agents.
Apart from his sports management ventures, Nixon embarked on a notable campaign in 2008 to formalize the recruitment of young Irish Gaelic footballers for AFL teams, drawing criticism from Gaelic football officials. In 2014, Flying Start International was relaunched as a sports agency and consultancy. However, in 2015, Nixon faced legal issues after being arrested for allegedly making threats on Facebook.
In January 2019, Nixon, along with his sons Lewis and Mitchell, initiated the charity “Kicking for Cancer,” organizing an annual football match to raise funds for children with cancer. Additionally, he started a new business, Vital Health Checks, in July, providing on-location health checks using ex-Ambulances.
Ricky Nixon’s life has been marked by a series of controversies. Following the death of his friend Clinton Grybas in 2008, Nixon struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. In 2009, he faced a drink-driving charge after leaving the scene of an accident. In 2011, Nixon was embroiled in an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old girl connected to controversies involving St Kilda Football Club players, including his client Nick Riewoldt. He admitted to visiting the girl’s hotel room and providing alcohol. Fleeing to London, he contemplated suicide but returned to Australia at the urging of a friend. Nixon received a two-year suspension from the AFL Players’ Association Accreditation Board, leading to the sale of his agency, Flying Start.
In 2012, he faced charges following an alleged assault, and in 2013, pleaded guilty to assault and attempting to flee the police. Additional incidents in 2013 involved driving offenses and an entry into stand-up comedy. Recent accusations in 2022 involve Nixon allegedly kneeing a police officer while facing prior assault charges in court.
Ricky Nixon net worth is estimated at around $20 million.
Latest News about Ricky Nixon
Arrest Warrant Withdrawn for Ricky Nixon Amid Allegations of Fraudulent Football Sales
A magistrate has withdrawn an arrest warrant for Ricky Nixon, the disgraced AFL player manager, following the realization of an administrative error by the court. The allegations against Nixon involve the sale of footballs he purportedly claimed were autographed by Melbourne Football Club players after their AFL premiership win on October 1, 2021. Court documents state that Nixon allegedly fraudulently received $595 per football.
Initially, a warrant for Nixon’s arrest was issued on Monday when the 60-year-old failed to appear for his mention hearing. However, the warrant was withdrawn on Tuesday after it was clarified that Monday’s hearing should have been adjourned without Nixon needing to be present, citing an administrative error.
The magistrate withdrew the warrant and rescheduled Nixon’s case to February 13. In an interview on Nova 100, Nixon humorously remarked about being in jail before clarifying that he was not actually wanted for arrest, attributing the situation to errors by the Melbourne courts and police.