Swimming great Ian Thorpe in rehab battling depression, says manager

PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 February, 2014, 10:57pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 February, 2014, 12:43am


The manager of Olympic swimming great Ian Thorpe says the five-time gold medallist is in rehab after being found disoriented on a Sydney street early yesterday morning by police responding to a call from residents.

James Erskine said Thorpe was affected by a combination of antidepressants and the painkillers he was taking for a shoulder injury.

Police spoke to Thorpe after residents near his parents' home in Sydney's southwest reported a man allegedly breaking into a van. He was taken to hospital for assessment and was later transferred to a rehab facility.

"He is in rehab for depression," Erskine said. He added that Thorpe had thought he was sitting in his friend's car.

"The owner of the car basically called the police and the police came," he said. "They realised it was Ian Thorpe. They realised he was disoriented."

Erskine said Thorpe, 31, had been taking antidepressants and medication for his shoulder but had not been drinking alcohol.

"He hadn't had a drink," he said. "He had zero alcohol in him."

Police said no official complaint has been made and no further police action is anticipated.

Thorpe, who had recently been living in Switzerland, has been staying with his parents since the Christmas period.

Erskine's admission that Thorpe is in rehab comes only days after Thorpe's management company denied reports he checked into a rehab facility while battling depression and alcohol abuse.