Don't jump to conclusions on Oscar Pistorius

Certainly, if Pistorius is found guilty of murdering Reeva Steenkamp, the lessons from London will not survive. Everything he achieved on the track would be rendered secondary. Police said Steenkamp was shot four times in Pistorius' villa Thursday. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said in court he would pursue a charge of premeditated murder.

updated: February 16, 2013 12:13 IST
  • Total Shares

In sport, Oscar Pistorius demonstrated how easy it is to be wrong about people. An athlete with prosthetic limbs competing at the Olympic Games? No way!

That lesson - don't leap to hasty, ill-informed conclusions - is worth remembering now as the double-amputee Olympian stands charged with murder in the shooting of his girlfriend.

Her life is gone. Anyone who declares that his life, for all intents and purposes, is now over, too, had better be 1000 percent sure of themselves. The question "What happened?" is, of course, natural. It was on all our lips. But the response cannot be found by pouring through old interviews Pistorius gave or from his now silent Twitter account. This is a murder investigation, not a guessing game. Serious stuff that needs to be treated as such.

Show Full Article
  • Athletics