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Feb
14
Another Beloved Athlete With A Dark Side: Blade Runner Shoots and Kills Girlfriend

Nike’s ad featuring admired South African olympian, Oscar Pistorius (aka Blade Runner), hit a bit too close to home today with its slogan: “I am the bullet in the chamber.”  Pistorius, who challenged the Olympic committee so that he could compete against able-bodied runners despite being a double amputee, won the hearts of Olympic fans everywhere when he debuted on the world stage at the London 2012 Olympics.  He failed to medal against the able-bodied 400m sprinters, but he garnered the most fan support for his efforts and abilities.  Unfortunately, his perfect sponsorship image is now in serious jeopardy.

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Yesterday, Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in their home.  She was shot twice and died on the scene.  Some initial reports claim that Pistorius may have mistaken Reeva for an intruder and he is known to have a paranoia regarding the safety of his home.  Others are claiming that they heard a domestic dispute prior to the shooting.  Pistorius will appear in court today, where, hopefully, more of this story will become clear.

However, the law graduate, model, and host, Reeva Steenkamp will be missed and another praised athlete, the Blade Runner, has a smudge and a potentially devastating stain on his record.

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