Everyone is so tired of hearing about the Athlete with Violent Tendencies. But I’m so angry about his bail being granted that I feel I should point out a few things about it (and hopefully once I’ve got it out I’ll get some sleep again).
I grew up in a home with firearms. My father died in a gun battle with intruders. And still, not for one tiny little iota of a moment, do I buy this man’s version of the story.
My father would never in a million years have fired a single shot without knowing one hundred percent for sure where each of his family members (including the dog) were. Even once he was one hundred percent certain of everyone’s whereabouts, he would never have fired through a closed bathroom door. A closed kitchen door, maybe. But a closed bathroom door, in the middle of the night? Never.
The girl was fully dressed, at 3 am, not in her night clothes. He removed the gun from the holster, and then left the holster on the bed. You try, in the dark tonight, to sit next to your bed, place an item on the bed and not notice whether your partner is/isn’t in that bed.
He shot her in cold blood during a temper tantrum, sobbed his eyes out in court with remorse and that silly judge fell for it.
On the one hand, I dearly wish I could be one of those zennish, non-judgemental, politically correct people. Leave it to the justice system to resolve, after all, what do I know. But this one is a little close to home for me and it’s left my blood boiling with anger.
We live in a country that is overwhelmed with violence, and instead of allowing an Athlete with Violent Tendencies to use this as an excuse, we should see it for what it is. It’s the reason he did it. Because he could. Because there is only a 7% conviction rate for murder in South Africa and his chances of getting away with it were and still are good.
Isn’t it so ironic, the icon that he is, once united us as a nation in joy for possibility, and now divides us so sharply?
OK. Off my soap box. Back to the usual subject matter and may even attempt a Perfect Moment Monday tomorrow!