Sheedy: ‘It’s a very sad situation’

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AFL: Alan Hird, the father of former Essendon coach James Hird slams the AFL following his son’s overdose

James Hird sheds a tear at the press conference announcing he would no longer be coach of Essendon. Picture: Wayne Ludbey

KATE SALEMMEHerald Sun

ESSENDON great Kevin Sheedy has called for patience with James Hird as he receives treatment for a drug overdose.

Sheedy, a long time mentor to the Bombers champion, has not spoken to Hird since he was taken to hospital last week and then transferred to a specialist mental health centre.

He expressed his concern for his friend and the “very sad situation” and will be among those to reach out to Hird when he’s ready.

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“We just can’t rush in, we have to be very patient and sit back and when you’re allowed to, we can actually connect,” Sheedy told RSN.

“He’s just a very, very good person.

“I keep thinking that will all the things that have been happening, when you get down to where you feel like you don’t want to live anymore, it’s a very sad situation.

Kevin Sheedy has not yet spoken to James Hird. Picture: Wayne Ludbey

Kevin Sheedy has not yet spoken to James Hird. Picture: Wayne LudbeySource:News Corp Australia

“People have got to look at that.

“We’ve just got to give him space and help him get back into the life we know he can have, and his family.”

Sheedy coached Hird throughout the Brownlow medallist’s entire career and the pair finished their time as coach and player respectively, on the same day.

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Hird was taken to Cabrini hospital last Wednesday after an ambulance was called to his Toorak home to treat him for a suspected drug overdose.

His wife, Tania Hird, has asked for privacy.

“We wish to express our appreciation for the public support that has been given to James and our family since news of his hospitalisation became known,” she said.

James Hird sheds a tear at the press conference announcing he would no longer be coach of Essendon. Picture: Wayne Ludbey

James Hird sheds a tear at the press conference announcing he would no longer be coach of Essendon. Picture: Wayne LudbeySource:News Corp Australia

“At this time James and the Hird family are in need of privacy.

“James’ health is our primary focus and concern.”

Hird’s father, Allan, expects his son to make a full recovery and said his family has rallied around him.

“I’m concerned about him, I have been all along,’’ he said. “He’s my son and it’s a shocking thing.’

“I hope Jim is on the road to recovery and I expect he will make a full recovery.’’

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