STORY UPDATE 22FEB: NIXON HAS APPARENTLY FLED THE COUNTRY TO AVOID THE MEDIA GLARE AS NEW DAMNING HOTEL ROOM VIDEOPHONE FOOTAGE SURFACES. MIRRORING FORMER DAVID JONES CEO MARK McINNES (ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY HARASSING YOUNG FEMALE STAFFER) OVERSEAS TRIP, NIXON’S LEAVING THE COUNTRY IS CLASSIC PR ‘GOING TO GROUND’ HOPING TO TAKE HEAT OUT OF THE ALLEGATIONS. HE WILL STILL HAVE TO FACE THE MUSIC SOME DAY, BUT PROB HOPES TO BETTER MARSHALL HIS PR DEFENCE.
Perhaps not since Salome, has one young girl spun such a veil of intrigue. First, she created mini-PR disasters for AFL team St Kilda (she threatened to publicise candid nude shots of several players), and then turned up to publicly disrupt team training. Now, controversial agent Ricky Nixon has fallen under her spell. The powerhouse, married AFL agent Ricky Nixon is on the Clinton-esque backfoot insisting “I did not have sex with that…” (despite admitting to taking alcohol to her hotel room, and being snapped leaving the same room at 7.15am). This from a man publicly proclaiming that she needed counselling and help, and who manages several of the players who have allegedly had ‘relations’ with the same girl! Here’s a timeline (hat-tip Herald Sun) of this ugly, messy SKFC PR disaster:
FEBRUARY: St Kilda players Sam Gilbert and David Armitage attend a school clinic in Frankston (outside Melbourne). The girl, 16, takes part in the clinic.
MARCH: The girl travels to Sydney to compete in an athletics competition. While in the city, she watches St Kilda play the Swans and meets up with the players at a hotel. She has sex with one player not Sam Gilbert, but soon becomes his girlfriend.
MAY: The girl tells her principal she is pregnant to Sam Gilbert. The principal alerts the Education Dept.
MAY: The AFL and Victoria Police investigate the scandal. Both organisations find that no inappropriate or illegal activity has occurred.
SEPTEMBER: The girl meets Ricky Nixon at his office on numerous occasions. Nixon alleges the girl tried to extort $20,000 from him for the photo of Nick Riewoldt and Zac Dawson, and stripped in front of him while intoxicated. She alleges they were involved in sexual activity and Nixon took a photo of her before ringing police.
SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER: The girl claims she has lost two babies and begins spruiking the St Kilda nude photos to the media.
DECEMBER 20: The St Kilda photos are uploaded onto her Facebook profile and quickly become viral.
DECEMGER 21: Nick Riewoldt holds a press conference about the scandal. Sam Gilbert, with St Kilda’s backing, launches legal action, suing the girl. She promises to reveal more scandalous photos.
DECEMBER 22: St Kilda vice president Ross Levin vows to make the girl pay, even if it takes 15 years.
JANUARY: Ricky Nixon and the girl text each other constantly.
JANUARY 21: St Kilda agrees to pay for the girl to stay in an apartment for a “few months”.
FEBRUARY 14-15: Herald Sun witnesses and films Ricky Nixon exiting a city hotel after visiting the girl.
Who, exactly is the predator and the prey in this year-long PR disaster? Both the girl and, I suggest, Ricky, patently need some professional psychological and counselling help – and quick.