Grant Hackett has fronted the media for the first time since his extensively-publicised and equally bizarre in-flight altercation with another passenger. The triple-Olympian and accused nipple-crippler said the whole ordeal was spurred by stress and alcohol, and he admitted the incident made him “re-evaluate” his life.
As it would.
According to News.com.au, Hackett vowed he’d “get off the drink” due to his actions; he corroborated multiple eye-witness reports of the situation, explaining “I got on the flight, a gentleman put his seat back, I said, ‘Would you mind putting it up?’”
“I offended him, I had no intent to offend him inappropriately and from there the rest is history…“I don’t want to get into a he said, she said situation.“Independent witnesses articulated what happened very well and I stand by the statements they made and they got to see what played out.”
“Did I mean to touch him inappropriately? If I did, I am very sorry, I didn’t mean to, I didn’t mean to offend him.
“I’ve chatted with them several times and sorted it out and on a personal level everything is fine.”
“The stress of the Olympic trials and all the things that followed beyond that, the expectations, the attention — it’s a lot to deal with.“I don’t say this as an excuse but I am trying to contextualise the situation but at the end of the day, getting myself into that situation is not acceptable and something I need to remedy.”
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