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We'll sports writer is now speaking out about the Oscar -- story is that he thought he -- The Olympian is accused of premeditated murder in the death of his -- -- -- this team -- -- -- ray is an AP sports writer who has been covering the stories in South Africa for the last three years developed.
A very good relationship with him over the years he actually spoke to his family.
Just days after this shooting and Gerald in May joins me now good to have you with us -- today while half of the show.
Thank you very much for examining.
Yeah all of this impacted -- you covered him very closely over these last three years.
What what was your reaction when you heard what he was accused -- Well I'll tell you exact URL was an innocent he intends on here in South Africa covering it -- -- which is a lot of us once -- here in South Africa.
I got a fungal from a janitor and bureau I causes and and I guess life.
Probably millions of people around the world and I was stunned I was shocked I didn't know what to think but of course -- resurrect -- as a reporter as a journalist and push.
All my personal experiences of of of lost its one side and report this story as any other.
News -- this news reporter would do but but obviously visit there is a huge amount of shock and surprise and -- I was stunned.
Is it anything in his character that you look back at now and you say well this should have been a clue to me that there was.
You know a different kind of behavior -- perhaps people really were registering about -- Right I mean you know as a write in my story yesterday there were these these claims is that that the people pointed to you but a lot of that is hindsight you noted and it's very easy thing to do is due back in hindsight and they should have told us something that should have told us something else.
I wanna see no honesty no I mean I will tell you one thing -- just before the Olympics when I said -- rebels who distillery is he he conceded to -- even in 2009.
In a well publicized -- accidents.
Arm weary -- suffered some some very serious head wounds and spent time hospital and he conceded -- -- would really be so that was -- that was -- moment -- -- where he conceded in somebody's life was maybe.
-- tooth lost may be a bid to out of control.
And and often that you -- he sold this empire on motorcycles DOT's and and kind of took a step back and said you know what I have to rethink my life.
But if I'm honest -- -- the source that I know has always been very very nice guy very humble guy sometimes -- often -- cheeky and funny and and I'm joking because.
If I must know I could never see it dark -- now.
What about his -- land that you were able to speak them to them see them just days after this happened what's what what is the feeling at that house.
Rides -- mean it was in the house where Oscar is now known as violent and it's in the incident is a local hospital which is not far from where he's -- is.
And he's uncool.
-- and his sustain me whatever I'm.
And and the situation was was unlike any other -- opinion because because.
-- -- -- them I wasn't really -- -- their focus was an all an Oscar in this tragic circumstance.
And they and they made a statement for us and they read a statement thrust for a TV cameras to me is an AP reporter -- -- -- -- some -- the reporters -- -- -- you've invited.
And and and we could see that there was there was a huge amount of oath of some limits in that house indeed it was unlike -- the stories back on -- I guess which.
Which which Richmond -- is around is is is a very chip.
Always fun place often.
-- -- have them all sort of you know rejoicing when he was let out on bail.
But there is you know a lot more to come before they can rejoice perhaps in that way again.
You point out that that this was a very new relationship for -- -- results or else today.
It was a new relationship for -- dating -- back.
I want but that would that the situation -- as we diseases like now I mean it's it is Palin's most if not always.
Is it real life -- and I'm unlike any like he's -- he's acidic conditions -- us live -- -- it's unclear when the united and be able to -- run track could train for the next.
Yeah it serious maybe a green owes his life -- destroys life has been it's been ten upside down.
In in every single way because of this tragic events.
Well it you know it's tragic for both families that is very clear Jerrold thank you very much good to have you with us.
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