Only after his football career was over did the world learn of a man who held inside a ‘boiling temper’. Now we are learning of another athlete who may have been hiding his true self.
“Here, I think, you had a troubled athlete,” said South African sports journalist Graeme Joffe. “Not so much this incredible role model for the rest of the world — no question about that — but deep down, this was a troubled athlete.”
Joffe has been openly critical of the man they call the “Blade Runner”. He says the PR machine behind him made him untouchable.
Pistorius claims that when he shot and killed his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14th, he believed the person in the locked bathroom was an intruder. Neighbors claim to have heard loud arguments coming from Pistorius’ luxury home. Police are convinced it was premeditated murder.
“So many incidents have happened and they’ve been well documented over the last five or six years with Oscar Pistorius,” said Joffe, who worked at CNN in the 1990s. “These kinds of cases have disappeared.”
The adoration of fans and media hype have placed Pistorius on a pedestal, but friends and colleagues are beginning to paint a slightly different picture.
“It’s like we were waiting for something like this to happen,” said Marc Batchelor, a South African soccer player who socialized with Pistorius in South Africa’s glamor and sports circles.
Batchelor described Pistorius as someone who “had a trip switch,” quick to get angry and fight. Pistorius caused “a lot of problems,” he said.
Batchelor said that at one time Pistorius wanted to fight him. He accused him of cheating with his girlfriend. He was yelling and swearing at him over the phone. “He said he’s not scared. If I want to come down there, he knows where I am, and blah blah blah. But I left it,” Batchelor told CNN.
He added that one thing people were not aware of is that he was armed at almost every occasion. He owned four guns, the maximum number allowed in South Africa, but he had applied to become a licensed gun collector so he could obtain even more.
In 2009 Pistorius was driving a speedboat when it submerged. He claims he was seriously injured and had facial reconstructive surgery. Doctors claim the injuries were minor.
When the submerged boat was recovered, several empty bottles of alcohol were found inside. “We are investigating the possibility that the consumption of alcohol had played a role in the boating accident,” said police spokeswoman Maria Mazibuko.
Attempts were made to contact several other of Pistorius’ acquaintances, but they declined to be interviewed.
Columnist-The Guardian Express