Olympian Grant Hackett arrested after 'disturbance' at his parents' home

Olympian Grant Hackett Courtesy:9 News

Former Olympic swimming champion Grant Hackett has been arrested at his parents’ Gold Coast home.  

A disturbance at the Mermaid Waters property prompted the arrest just before noon today, and the 36-year-old later held his handcuffs up to cameras as he was driven into the Southport watch house.

Police are questioning Hackett, and it is understood he has not yet been charged.

A police source has said that Hackett was arrested in an agitated state and possibly intoxicated after his father Nev called police.

His father told News Corp Australia his son had been arrested over “mental health issues” but would not comment further.

Last April, the gold medal-winning athlete issued an apology for “poor behaviour” after allegations he groped a passenger during a Melbourne-bound flight.

“I have stuffed up more than once and am working on these issues,” his statement read.

Later that month, he settled a four-year legal dispute with his ex-wife Candice Alley over their prenuptial agreement. They had married in 2007 and split in 2012.

In 2014, Hackett underwent rehab in the US in 2014 after seeking help for an addiction to the sleeping pill Stillnox.

In 2011, he trashed his Melbourne during an argument.

He is famous for winning the men’s 1500m freestyle at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics.
Hackett retired from swimming in 2008, and failed to make a comeback by qualifying for the Rio Olympics last year.
Source: 9 News