Will Oscar Pistorius Be the Next Famous Athlete Convicted of Killing the Woman He Loved?

Ericka Sóuter | Feb 22, 2013 Crime
Will Oscar Pistorius Be the Next Famous Athlete Convicted of Killing the Woman He Loved?

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The charges against Oscar Pistorius are shocking, to say the least. It wasn't that long ago we watched his historic rise as an Olympic athlete. He had done something never before seen at the games: a double amputee competiting with prosthetics. Overcoming so much, he was an inspiration to us all. Which makes his fall from grace so much more devastating.

As prosecutors pursue premeditated murder charges, Pistorius insists he is innocent. If he is, in fact, found guilty of this crime, it leaves one question on our lips -- why?  Why would someone with such a seemingly blessed life, throw it all away in a fit of rage? While there is no easy answer to that, one thing is clear. There may be an epidemic of violence among athletes.

Frighteningly, there are other high profile cases of sports stars committing horrific acts of violence against the women they supposedly love. This, of course, is a small minority of athletes. The majority, I am sure, could never imagine hurting someone they cared for in this way. Those that do are the freakish exception, not the rule. But the cases that do catch national attention are so gruesome, so scary, it merits some kind of discussion.

Again, I have to ask why? Is it something about their lifestyle and circumstance that lends itself to violence? Do the guys who commit these crimes feel so empowered, so invincible that abuse feels justifiable? Why act out against a woman? They have influence, money, status -- why throw it all away in a fit of rage. Domestic violence experts say the abuse is about power - plain and simple. But these guys already have so much of it, why take out their frustrations on the women in their lives?

I know, there are why more questions than answers here. I wish I had a solution but I am just confounded as everyone else. Sadly, if Pistorius is found guilty,  he will be apart of a club much more exclusive than that of an Olympian. He would become another famous athlete convicted of killing the woman he loved. So tragic.

Here are other horrifying incidents that made headlines:


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  • Rae Carruth


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    Once a heralded wide receiver for the Carolna Panthers, he is now serving a 24 year prison sentence for conspiracy to commit murder. He arranged the shooting execution of Cherica Adams, a woman who was 8 months pregnant with his baby. Comatose, Adams gave birth to a son with cerebral palsy before dying. Carruth went on the run and was letter found hiding in a car truck. At the time, there were rumors that he was unhappy about having to support a child he did not want. Still, why in the world did this then 25-year-old man think this was the right choice to make?

  • Marc Cecillion


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    The French Rugby star was considered on of the best in the late '80's and '90s. His greatness came crashing to an end when he awoke one morning in a jail and the police told him he had killed his wife. Reportedly drunk after an end-of-season party, he shot her four times in the arm, chest and head.

  • Jovan Belcher


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    In December, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker shot his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins nine times in her neck, chest, abdomen, hip, back, leg, and hand. He then drove to his team's training facility where she shot himself in front of a coach and the general manager.

  • Carlos Monzon


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    Touted as the greatest fighter to ever come out of Argentina, it was his actions out of the ring that will now be most remembered. It is said he had a volatile yet passionate relationship with his estranged second wife Alicia Muniz. One day in 1988, they began to quarrel and she fell from a second story apartment balcony. He was arrested and protested his innocence but an autopsy revealed she had been strangled before she fell. He was convicted and sent to prison.

  • OJ Simpson


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    Perhaps the most notorious case, OJ Simpson was put on trial for the murder of ex-wife of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. The entire case captured the attention of the entire country. He was found innocent in the criminal case but later found guilty in a civil trial. But whether you believe he did it or not, there was no disputing that their marriage was a violent one. He was once one of the most celebrated athletes in this country and he beat his wife. According Nicole's family, her rejection of him further fueled his rage.

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