QUEENSLAND, Australia, December 6. NICK D'Arcy continues to struggle through the repercussions of a drunken brawl three years ago as he filed bankruptcy at the end of November according to the Australian.
D'Arcy, who "was convicted of recklessly causing grievous bodily harm to former swimmer Simon Cowley after he hit him in a Sydney bar three years ago, resulting in a 14-month suspended jail sentence," lost a civil case against him as well resulting in a $180,000 award for Cowley.
According to the Australian, D'Arcy elected to file for bankruptcy on Nov. 30 to find relief from the financial pressure caused by the fine.
"It's just a way of walking away from this whole mess and this debt and this judgment that he owes," Cowley's lawyer Sam Macedone told the Nine Network's A Current Affair. "I would have thought that he would have had the courage at least to try to speak to Simon and try and negotiate something."
While the Australian Olympic Committee stated that the bankruptcy does not immediately impact D'Arcy's potential Olympic selection, media director Mike Tancred told the Australian, "It would definitely be something the team executive would look at."