Nike suspends contract with Oscar Pistorius


Nike has decided to suspend its contract with Oscar Pistorius as the sprinter is investigated for charges of attempted murder.

“Nike has suspended its contract with Oscar Pistorius. We believe Oscar Pistorius should be afforded due process and we will continue to monitor the situation closely,” the sports apparel giant said in a statement, via The Oregonian.

Pistorius also had his contract suspended by Oakley on Monday.

Nike is one of the most loyal companies to its star sports figures, so it takes something of this magnitude for them to waiver in support of an endorser. They initially stood by Joe Paterno while Penn State was exposed for the Jerry Sandusky scandal; they stood by Tiger Woods as his sex scandal unfolded; and they re-signed Michael Vick even after he served time in prison for dogfighting charges. But Nike dropped Lance Armstrong last October, and they have suspended their deal with Pistorius. It hasn’t exactly been a banner year for the swoosh in terms of endorsers.

My guess is they’re going to end up dropping him before too long; the reported evidence isn’t exactly looking good for Pistorius.

Police investigating bloody cricket bat found in Oscar Pistorius’ home

The evidence seems to be piling up against South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius. Over the weekend, a report surfaced that indicates a bloodied cricket bat has been found in “Blade Runner’s” home and has become a central piece of evidence in the murder investigation. The City Press reports that police are investigating a number of possible scenarios involving the bat, one of which is that Pistorius used it to brutally beat 30-year-old Reeva Steenkamp.

The police are also looking into the possibility that Steenkamp used the bat in self defense or that Pistorius used it to break down the bathroom door that she was reportedly hiding behind. A source told the City Press that there was “lots of blood” on the bat and that forensic tests will reveal who it belongs to. Steenkamp’s skull was reportedly “crushed” when police arrived on the scene at Pistorius’ home.

As we know, South African prosecutors are accusing Pistorius of the premeditated murder of Steenkamp. The City Press reportedly interviewed three sources close to the investigation, all of who have ruled out the possibility that Pistorius could have mistaken Steenkamp for a intruder. Police found no evidence of forced entry into the home.

In addition, police say Steenkamp was wearing a nightgown at the time she was murdered. They also found an overnight bag that belonged to her on the floor in Pistorius’ bedroom. The sheets and blankets on the bed were reportedly ruffled, with a police source saying that it was “clear” both Steenkamp and Pistorius had slept in the bed.

“The suspicion is that the first shot, in the bedroom, hit her in the hip,” a source said of the theory surrounding the case. “She then ran and locked herself in the toilet. She was doubled over because of the pain. He fired three more shots. She probably covered her head, which is why the bullet also went through her hand.”

Last week, neighbors revealed that Pistorius had had previous “domestic incidents” at his home. Oscar’s team of lawyers are working to prove that the shooting was an accident, but the evidence for the contrary is piling up rapidly.

Neighbors say Oscar Pistorius had previous ‘domestic’ incidents at house

Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appeared in South African court on Friday, where he is being accused of the “premeditated” murder of his girlfriend. Early Thursday morning, Pistorius shot and killed 30-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp during what he claims was a tragic accident. Pistorius said he mistakenly thought Steenkamp was an intruder in his home.

Prosecutors are trying to prove that the shooting was no accident, while Pistorius’ agent says that the murder is being disputed in “the strongest terms.”

According to NBCNews.com, police say neighbors heard noises before the shots were fired. The fact that Pistorius reportedly fired the shots through a bathroom door seems to support the claim that he believed Steenkamp was an intruder. For what it’s worth, police also said neighbors claim there had been previous “domestic” incidents at the house.

On Thursday, Steenkamp’s publicist told TODAY that there was no sign of discord between Oscar and Reeva and described Pistorius as a “charming, great guy.”

It’s clearly far too early to know what happened, but as expected there is no shortage of theories. Most people seem to want to believe that Pistorius would never intentionally murder his girlfriend. I’m one of those people, but I’m not going to form an opinion until more details emerge.

Newspapers attempt to put Oscar Pistorius murder charge into words

Oscar Pistorius is a hero in South Africa. The man they call “Blade Runner” is an Olympic legend and has served as an inspiration for thousands of people in his home country and around the world. As you can imagine, Pistorius’ arrest and murder charge has led to sadness and confusion for many South Africans. The country’s major newspaper publications have been dealing with the task of trying to put the incident into words.


Below you will see the way a third South African paper, The Witness, summed up the incident, in addition to the hard-hitting cover that The Sun decided to run in Great Britain.

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Nike briefly ran Oscar Pistorius ‘bullet in the chamber’ ad before shooting (Picture)


Talk about an unfortunate coincidence.

Early Thursday morning, South Afrian sprinter Oscar Pistorius, who is known in the sports world as “Blade Runner” because of his prosthetic legs, allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend after mistaking her for an intruder in his home. Pistorius has been arrested in connection with the case. Multiple sources reported that Pistorius’ girlfriend, 30-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp, is believed to have been delivering a Valentine’s Day surprise for Oscar.

The advertisement you see above appeared on Pistorius’ website before the incident occurred and has since been pulled. As you can see, it said “I am the bullet in the chamber” alongside a picture of the world famous sprinter. Of all the analogies that can be made to describe Pistorius’ remarkable story, this has to be one of the worst that Nike could have come up with. Of course, they had no way of knowing what would occur. That doesn’t make the banner any less eery.

H/T Deadspin

Reeva Steenkamp reportedly was Oscar Pistorius’ girlfriend who was killed

Reeva Steenkamp

Reeva Steenkamp, a 30-year-old model, is Oscar Pistorious’ girlfriend who was killed early Thursday morning in South Africa, according to multiple reports.

Pistorius allegedly shot his girlfriend inside his home four times Thursday, reportedly believing she was a burglar. One reporter said Pistorius’ girlfriend had come in early to surprise him on Valentine’s Day.

Steenkamp sent this tweet on Wednesday:

Steenkamp was named one of the 100 Sexiest Women in the World two years in a row by FHM, for whom she modeled. You can see some photos of her in FHM South Africa.

Steenkamp has been participating in a South African reality show called “Tropika Island of Treasure 5,” that was set to air this weekend. The show’s website posted a note to send condolences to Steenkamp’s family and friends.

Reeva Steenkamp Oscar Pistorius“We are deeply saddened and extend our condolences to Reeva’s family and friends,” the note said.

Steenkamp and Pistorius were said to be dating for a couple of months, according to the model’s publicist, Sarit Tomlinson.

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Oscar Pistorius reportedly shot and killed girlfriend after mistaking her for burglar

Oscar Pistorius appears to have been at the center of a tragedy Thursday.

Multiple reports indicate that Pistorius, who is known in the sports world as “Blade Runner,” shot and killed his girlfriend inside his South Africa home after mistaking her for an intruder early Thursday morning.

South African news outlet Beeld first reported the news. A police captain reportedly told Beeld that Pistorius shot his girlfriend in the hand and head, and that she died at the scene. News 24 in South Africa says the woman was shot four times.

One reporter says Pistorius’ girlfriend was trying to deliver a Valentine’s Day present when Pistorius mistook her for a burglar.

Pistorius was arrested in connection with the case and reportedly is expected to appear in Pretoria Magistrate’s Court.

Pistorius is affectionately called “the fastest man on no legs.” The South African sprinter had his legs amputated between the knees and ankles when he was 11 months old because of a condition called fibular hemimelia. Pistorius has competed in three Paralympic Games where he has won six gold medals. The 26-year-old became the first double-leg amputee to participate in the Olympics, competing in the men’s 400-meter and 4 x 400 meter relay at the 2012 London Games.