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Paul Kent wants his charges over the alleged fight dismissed on mental health grounds. Here’s what he had to say about soccer stars who have done the same


NRL personality Paul Kent sought to have charges of involvement in a street brawl dismissed on mental health grounds on Tuesday, a court was told.

The Fox Sports presenter and columnist appeared at Downing Center Local Court on Tuesday for a bail review as he faces a single charge.

Police say Mr Kent and another man were involved in a verbal altercation which turned physical outside Totti’s Rozelle on April 27 at around 11pm.

Widely shared video from the night allegedly showed staff and patrons trying to contain Mr Kent before the alleged mela spilled out into the street.

NRL 360 co-host and News Corp sports journalist Paul Kent will appear in the Downing Center Local Court on Tuesday

Kent was charged with a single count of affray and asked for the matter to be dealt with under the NSW Mental Health Act

Kent was charged with a single count of affray and asked for the matter to be dealt with under the NSW Mental Health Act

After Tuesday's news, a column written by Kent in August 2021 appeared

After Tuesday’s news, a column written by Kent in August 2021 appeared

The 54-year-old’s lawyer told the court on Tuesday he would seek to have the charges dealt with under provisions of the NSW Mental Health Act.

«I will be looking for an application to have this matter dealt with under mental health and cognitive impairment,» he told Judge Scott Nash.

“In the hours following this alleged incident (Kent) sought urgent advice. He visited his GP who referred him (to) Burwood Hospital.

«He has an urgent (one doctor’s) appointment on May 22 and (is) seeking other treatment … for alcohol.»

According to the law, a judge can order a person to be placed in the care of a responsible person if they are diagnosed with a mental disorder.

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Footy fans have responded to the latest development by sharing comments from an outspoken pundit in 2021 in which he hit upon a world where ‘d***heads claim their d***heads’ behavior is a mental wellbeing issue and it immediately forces them to no longer responsible for their damn actions.

«When Paul Roos celebrated the premiership in Sydney in 2005 as one of the secrets, he revealed that the Swans’ success was due to their refreshing ‘No D***head Policy,'» he said in his August 27, 2021, column.

“Anyone who was bad for the joint was unwelcome.

“Unfortunately, this policy is now dead under the Mental Health Act.

“Now all the goddamn heads in the world simply declare that their goddamn behavior is a matter of sanity, and it instantly makes them accountable for their actions.

«And the bleeding heart leftists, looking for a cause, go after them and turn their guns on anyone who dares to question their goddamned behavior, partly in an attempt to attract publicity to their cause, and without examining whether the behavior was actually about mental well-being or yes, just about the stupid behavior of the head.’

Paul Kent has been charged with affray following an alleged altercation outside Totti's in Rozelle.

Paul Kent has been charged with affray following an alleged altercation outside Totti’s in Rozelle.

Video of the alleged incident was widely shared online and led to Kent stepping down from his television and newspaper roles

Video of the alleged incident was widely shared online and led to Kent stepping down from his television and newspaper roles

Mr Nash agreed to a six-week grace period for Mr Kent to receive a treatment plan from his new doctor and refused his bail reporting conditions.

Asked by the prosecutor if he would plead guilty to receive a reduced sentence, Mr Kent refused, telling reporters outside court that he had «nothing to say».

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The 54-year-old entered no plea and was suspended by Fox Sports a day after the alleged incident «pending an immediate investigation.»

It comes just months after Mr Kent was found not guilty of strangling and assaulting his then-partner, a result he called «vindication».

A second man, 35, who police say was involved in the fight with Mr Kent, was previously charged with affray before being released on bail on June 7.



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