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Journalist Cops An Elbow To The Face From Ex-AFL Agent After Chasing Him Down The Street

Jayden Collins

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Journalist Cops An Elbow To The Face From Ex-AFL Agent After Chasing Him Down The Street

A Current Affair reporter Seb Costello has copped a pretty hefty elbow to the head from former AFL player agent Ricky Nixon.

The journalist was chasing after the former Aussie Rules player in order to ask questions about Nixon’s latest controversial business venture before the ex-agent lashed out.

In footage caught by 7News Melbourne, Nixon stops just in front of Costello before violently swinging an elbow back at the reporter and almost knocking him to the ground.


Costello, who is the son of former Australian treasurer Peter Costello, looked clearly rattled by the encounter as he held his face in his hands.

Fellow reporters attempt to calm the one-time super agent down, with one bystander telling the AFL personality: “Ricky, that’s not acceptable.”

Audio of Nixon later confronting Costello following the incident played out live on 3AW radio in which the reporter pleaded with the disgraced agent to ‘calm down’. 

Nixon appeared on the front page of the Herald Sun on Wednesday (July 27) after his most recent health-business venture was slammed by Australian Medical Association Victoria president Roderick McRae.


Nixon announced earlier in the week that he was accepting bookings and offering IV Infusions for $350.

Dr McRae said of the Infusions: “There’s no evidence any of this helps with Covid and, frankly, there’s no evidence that this helps with anything.”

Fellow reporter Tegan Deolling appeared to stop Nixon after the altercation to calm him down and ask him about Dr McRae’s comments.


Nixon replied: “I can tell you this, the Australian Medical Association might want to offer an apology pretty quickly.”

Speaking to 3AW following the altercation, Costello told the station he would be reporting the incident to the police.

“There is video of this on our A Current Affair cameras that we'll be providing to the police,” he said. 


“I'll be careful how I characterise it, but in the process of speaking with Mr Nixon his elbow has made contact with my jaw... I think it's fair to say I didn't headbutt somebody's elbow.”

Nixon later told the Herald Sun that he had called the police on the reporters after they had showed up at his front door.

He said: “If he wants to carry on about it and say it’s assault then go to the police, mate I will welcome them to my doorbell.

“He stepped inside my house and it is on camera and it was trespassing, it was an invasion of privacy and also I told him I did not want to speak to him and he still kept at it.”

Featured Image Credit: A Current Affair/Twitter.

Topics: Australia, Australia Afl, Aussie Rules Football

Jayden Collins
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