Usain Bolt was in shock when he heard fellow Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius had been arrested and charged in the shooting death of his model girlfriend.
In an interview with The Associated Press on Friday night after the NBA’s All-Star Celebrity Game, the Jamaican gold medalist still couldn’t seem to believe it.
"For me, I’m really trying to take it all in," he said. "When I heard, I was in shock and I’m still just trying to process it in my head to see if this is really real. So I need to listen to what’s going on and see what’s really happening."
Pistorius was arrested in the Valentine’s Day killing of 29-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp.
The double-amputee runner had become a darling in South Africa and beyond after competing in the London Olympics with high-tech prosthetics.
He was in tears Friday when he appeared in court where he was charged with premeditated murder, which carries a life sentence.
Bolt says he doesn’t know Pistorius well, but that he has seen and spoken to him at various events.
Asked if he plans to reach out to the sprinter who became a star of the London Olympics, Bolt wasn’t sure.
"I’ve got to stand back and see what’s going on and then I’ll decide what to do," Bolt said.