Disgraced former player agent Ricky Nixon stepped out in footy gear just days after being accused of selling dodgy AFL memorabilia.
Nixon was seen wearing what appeared to be an authentic AFL hoodie wandering through Port Melbourne – just outside Melbourne’s CBD – before slamming it across the bridge to a house in Newport.
The 58-year-old was accused just days ago of peddling dodgy AFL gear from his social media site.
If looks could kill: Disgraced former player agent Ricky Nixon was spotted in Port Melbourne this week amid speculation about the authenticity of some of the memorabilia he allegedly sold
Signatures of the Premiership winning Melbourne Demons side were alleged to have appeared on football sale by Nixon
Saint Kilda School girl Kim Ametoglou – aka Kim Duthie – toppled Ricky Nixon in 2011 in the first of many scandals
Ricky Nixon and former Collingwood champion Dane Swan are auctioning autographed footballs. There is no suggestion that Swan is being investigated for memorabilia.
Victoria Police confirmed on Wednesday that detectives are investigating the alleged deception.
“Victoria police are investigating the sale of football equipment alleged to be signed by footballers,” it told The Age.
“The fraud was reported to the police earlier this month and the investigation is still ongoing.”
Speculation about the legitimacy of Nixon’s wares was first aired on Melbourne radio when a gambler called with a tip in 3AW’s Rumor File.
Nixon was said to have sold suspect footballs that were allegedly signed by the winning team of the Demons.
The Demons defeated the Bulldogs in last month’s AFL Grand Final in what was a historic victory.
So desperate were Melbourne fans trapped to watch the match, two of them have since ended up in jail after illegally crossing the border to attend.
Disgraced former player agent Ricky Nixon shows how not to wear a face mask when going out in Port Melbourne
Nixon has been trying to reinvent himself as a man who cares about the community
Nixon and fiancé Melissa Huynh
Fans who reportedly bought Nixon’s autographed Demons footballs claim that schoolboys made mistakes with the autographs.
The Age reported that attacker Charlie Spargo signed his name with a number 8 despite wearing the number 9.
Another fan claimed that Max Gawn’s signature included the number 13, despite wearing the number 11.
Police reportedly took DNA evidence from the packaging of the suspected merchandise to see if it matches Nixon’s.
Up to 20 diehard fans are reportedly involved in the dreaded scandal.
Nixon has been asked by Daily Mail Australia for comment.
The AFL and Melbourne Football Club have urged fans to purchase memorabilia only from official providers.
Nixon has long been selling footy memorabilia from his social media pages.
The former AFL player, who played for St Kilda and Hawthorn, has strong ties to some of the best players ever.
He is also no stranger to scandals.
Nixon had become the most powerful player-agent in the game from the 1990s to the 2000s, representing the game’s top talent, when he was spectacularly overthrown.
Nixon was videotaped in January during a colorful exchange with a woman on a Melbourne tram
The photo that Nixon undone in 2011. Kim Duthie had snapped him into his jocks in a hotel room.
Nixon gives ‘the bird’ outside the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court in 2018. He had committed a traffic violation
Kimberley Ametoglou, leaked nude photos of St Kilda players, as well as a photo of Nixon in his underwear in a hotel room with her in 2011, when she was just 17.
Ms Ametoglou, known at the time as Kim Duthie, revealed that she was preparing to release a ‘graphic’ tell-all book.
The hotel room incident marked the beginning of a rapid decline for Nixon, who has admitted to becoming heavily dependent on alcohol when his business collapsed.
Since then, he has appeared in the press on several lawsuits.
In 2019, he started Vital Health Checks mobile medical clinic, visiting offices and workplaces in a van to give busy employees 20 minutes of physical and mental checkups.
He had his own mental health issues in October 2019 when he was taken to hospital after making suicidal threats.
In January, Nixon was filmed arguing with a mother on a Melbourne tram.
The video shows Nixon telling a suicide victim’s mother that his death “might have a lot to do with you.”