A Nike advertisement with the words “I Am The Bullet In The Chamber” was taken down from South African double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius’ website after he was charged with murdering his girlfriend, 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp.
The ad (pictured) shows Pistorius in an action shot coming out of the starting blocks.
“This is a very unfortunate story and it is still under investigation,” Seruscka Naidoo, Nike South Africa spokesperson, told The Sun. “We’ll not make any decision until we hear from Oscar or his agent.”
South African authorities tell the Associated Press that there has been a recent history of problems with Pistorius.
“I’m not going to elaborate on it but there have been incidents [at Pistorius’ home],” said police spokeswoman Brigadier Denis Beukes.
Steenkamp was shot four times in Pistorius’ home in Pretoria, South Africa. A 9mm pistol was recovered at the murder scene. A court hearing has been postponed until Friday to give forensic investigators more time.
“We can confirm that Reeva Steenkamp has passed away,” Steenkamp’s publicist Sarit Tomlinson told the Associated Press. “Our thoughts and prayers go to the Steenkamp family, who have asked to have their privacy respected during this difficult time, everyone is simply devastated. She was the kindest, sweetest human being; an angel on earth and will be sorely missed.”
South Africa has the second highest rate of shooting deaths in the world, with 50 people killed every day.
Pistorius made history in London last year by becoming the only double-amputee track athlete to compete in the Olympics.