Troubled Olympian Grant Hackett has posted a disturbing photo of his bloodied face to social media, accusing his own brother of beating him.

The former swimming champion – who was arrested at his parents’ Gold Coast home on Wednesday after his father Neville called police when he allegedly grew agitated and verbally aggressive – called brother Craig an “angry man” who “beat the shit out of” him.

Here’s the photo, which appears to be taken in hospital.

My brother comments to the media… but does anyone know he beat the shit out of me. Everyone knows he is an angry man.

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It seems Hackett is pissed about Craig’s comments to reporters outside their parents’ Mermaid Waters home, in which he expressed the family’s exasperation with his actions.

“If there’s anyone out there that can help him, I think we’ve reached the end of the road at this point. Doesn’t mean our love has reached the end of the road, we just don’t know what to do,” he said. 

“The Grant Hackett that Australia fell in love with, this is not Grant Hackett, this is a completely different person. I don’t know this person, my mum and dad don’t know this person. He is there in body but he is not there in mind, soul, or spirit.”

There were no signs of damage to Hackett’s face when he was released from the police station without charge late yesterday, telling the hordes of waiting media that he was “not great” and “probably needed to” seek rehabilitation.

The three-time gold medallist has struggled with addiction and personal issues – including his split from ex-wife and mother of his two kids Candice Alley in 2012 – since his retirement from competitive swimming after the 2008 Beijing Games.


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