Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Is the ‘Blade Runner’ Permanently Grounded?

Article written by Dave Thomas - Guest Poster
News of athletes and alleged felony crimes are unfortunately not as unheard of as many sports fans would prefer they be.

In the most publicized case recently to hit the airwaves, especially when it comes to social media, Olympian Oscar Pistorius, 26, has adamantly denied that he willfully caused the death on Feb. 14 of his girlfriend at his Pretoria residence.

Pistorius informed a South African court that he fatally shot the model through his bathroom door because he thought she was breaking into his home, a home that in fact is gated.

McGill Metal Products 10521 Engravable brass band gavel with sound block, walnut, 10 1/2" longAs a result of his alleged involvement in the death of 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp, Pistorius a double-amputee Olympian, was charged with premeditated murder, which under South African law limits his opportunity for parole if convicted.

While Pistorius continues to maintain his innocence, some reports indicate that not only was the couple allegedly arguing that night at his home, but that Steenkamp, who was to be cremated on Feb. 19 and then buried, had brought an overnight bag to stay at her boyfriend’s house.

Pistorius Claims He Shot At an Intruder According to a statement from Pistorius, he was awoken during the night by a noise inside his residence, whereby he removed a 9mm pistol he kept hidden beneath his bed and, without attaching his prosthetic legs, began shooting into the bathroom door. As it turns out, Steenkamp was in the bathroom at the time of the shooting, reportedly dying not long after being shot four times.

As prosecutors see it, there is little to no chance Pistorius could have mistaken his girlfriend for an intruder.

Prosecutors believe Pistorius put on his artificial legs, then walked over to the bathroom door (which they say was locked) and fired four shots into it in order to silence his girlfriend who had argued with him earlier.

As the case unfolds in the days and weeks ahead, two things are abundantly clear.

First, family and friends of Reeva Steenkamp have lost someone they truly loved and cherished. Despite anything else that emerges from this case, that will never change.

Secondly, Oscar Pistorius may one day be cleared, but his life is also changed forever.

Whether or not he is able to repair his reputation in the years to come remains to be seen, especially in a day and age where so many people have access to and will form opinions of such a tragic tale.

About the Author: Dave Thomas covers business topics for a number of websites including Reputation.com.

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