Report: Police called to Olympic great Ian Thorpe

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

James Erskine told the Australian Associated Press that 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 Panania in Sydney's southwest reported a man allegedly breaking into a van. He was taken to Sydney's Bankstown Hospital for assessment and was later transferred to a rehab facility.

"He is in rehab for depression," AAP quoted Erskine as saying.

Erskine said 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 realized it was Ian Thorpe. They realized 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 is currently living in Switzerland, has been staying with his parents over Christmas.

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