Sam Newman says Rex Hunt is seeking mental health help after footy legend’s last night medical drama: ‘He’s not in a good place’
- Newman visited Hunt in the hospital after the medical episode
- The footy legend said he is seeking help for his mental health
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Footy Show star Sam Newman has revealed his pal Rex Hunt is ‘not in a good place’ as the AFL legend seeks help for his ‘mental problems’ after being rushed to hospital he suffered a medical episode behind the wheel of his car.
The Richmond great called police for help after stopping on the Princes Freeway while driving to Geelong at 2am on January 17 and was immediately taken for treatment.
Newman said he visited Hunt in the hospital and that the star player turned TV and radio host is being helped and receiving support from his teammates.
‘Rex was a great footballer, he played in two premierships, and he was a great radio caller and a world-class fisherman … and despite all that, Rex, he was having some mental problems,’ Newman said on Wednesday’s You Can’t Be Serious podcast.
Hunt (pictured in a photo taken while he was in hospital in 2022) was rushed to hospital after calling police from his car on January 17
Newman said that while her husband is receiving hospital support, she also needs to ‘help herself before everyone else tries to help you’
‘We’re trying to support him to say, “Rex, you’ve got to help yourself before anyone else tries to help you”.
‘He’s not in a good place, but he should be, if he has any experience in life about what made him a great football player or what made him great on the radio or what became reason why he would have been a world-class fisherman, if he had used them. principles to try and guide him, he can change for the better.’
Former Brighton Mayor and long-time friend of Hunt, John Locco, said the footy icon was recovering and was being supported by friends and family.
‘Many people hold Rex in high esteem and we are concerned and supportive of him,’ said Mr Locco.
Hunt (pictured with Dustin Martin after Richmond’s 2017 grand final win) raised concerns about his mental health in worrying posts on social media last year
‘He can count on our support, love and friendship.’
Hunt, a former AFL player, won a premiership with Richmond and also played for St Kilda and Geelong.
He became a well-known football broadcaster in the 1990s thanks to his exciting, high-energy commentary style and also hosted a long-running TV fishing show.
In July last year, Hunt’s friends and fans feared for his health after he had a public altercation with a motorist and posted increasingly outlandish social media rants.