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Oscar Pistorius

A "Reckless" Disaster

Waiting to Happen, Says Paralympian

2/19/2013 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Oscar Pistorius was a ticking time bomb and a disgrace to Paralympians everywhere -- even before he was charged with murdering his girlfriend -- this according to a U.S. Paralympic gold medalist who says he's "not surprised" by the tragedy.

Todd Schaffhauser tells TMZ he "warned many of the prosthetic sponsors about Oscar after reading some of the first incidents of his reckless behavior" on and off the track.

Todd -- who won gold as a sprinter in the '88 Paralympics (below) -- was referring to allegations Pistorius wrecked a speedboat, fell asleep at the wheel and crashed a car ... and also to the fact he was arrested for allegedly assaulting a different girlfriend in '09.

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Although Todd's never met Pistorius -- he adds, "Oscar truly showed the only disabled person he was looking out for was Oscar" ... when he lost the gold medal at the London Paralympics, and accused the winner of cheating.

"I never saw him as a true ambassador of the sport. True ambassadors don't behave as he has in the past.”

As for Pistorius' pending murder trial ... Todd says, regardless of the outcome -- "I am glad he is hopefully out of the sport forever and some of the true upcoming ambassadors get the attention they deserve.”

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1.

Cool Papa    

He never met the guy, but is willing to cast aspersions just because they were both paralympians? Well, I played football for a while so I feel qualified to alert you to Jay Cutler's complete and utter jackassery. Where do I pick up my check?

424 days ago
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tdr9    

It happens to the best of us

424 days ago
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Bilderberg1776    

A$$hole comment buddy;Nothing mentioned to express sympathy for the family that lost their daughter.Almost made me bare a moment of contempt for self absorbed handicapped people...Ok I'm better now;I wish no one had to live with either of your challenges but congratulations for still excelling in life and good luck

424 days ago
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mrharrybawls2012    

Oscar Pistorius thought it was an intruder and shot that intruder once in the hip in his bedroom and then 4 more times through the bathroom door before crushing that intruder's skull in with a cricket ball bat. He meant to then impale the intruder through the stomach with one of the blades he ran on , but he couldn't find them at the time. It was only when he saw the box of chocolates on the ground and his girlfriend lying there that he realized he had made quite a bad error in judgement. These things happen sometimes....Good luck with the trial Oscar. =/

424 days ago
5.

Jackie    

Jealousy is all i can smell. STFU.

424 days ago
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MrFabulous47    

I can't possibly take seriously any man who rocked the "spikey mullet" & testicle exposing running shorts, and the fact fact that it was 1988 is no excuse!!

424 days ago
7.

Mrugowsky    

This character is just stirring the pot. He never even met Pistorius. But it doesn't look good for brother oscar.

424 days ago
8.

Glenn    

Well Todd your comment about him not participating in future events is pure jealousy!! You look like a loser anyway.

424 days ago
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everestcsi    

This is one of the dumbest stories to come out thus far concerning this incident! This dude admitted that he NEVER EVEN MET Oscar! He "read" about some instances that weren't even pertaining to violence, but to accidents Oscar was involved in. This guy has nothing, and this story is crap! Love you though TMZ!

424 days ago
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Chris Kaman Your Eye    

The tragedy is that if Oscar Pistorious had no arms, this would never have happened

424 days ago
11.

Jenny    

He's never met Oscar but he can comment publicly about him!!!! Is Todd even aware of the outcome of any of these incidences. Obviously not. Get your facts right before you open your big mouth!

424 days ago
12.

Rezza23    

This story has no legs.

424 days ago
13.

Diamond Goddess!    

Yeah, Oscar is mental.
Look at the weird tweets before the murder at @lajanne.
Hmmmm......?????!!!!

424 days ago
14.

NOT ELMO    

me want the death penalty for Oscar Pistorius A.S.A.P.....

424 days ago
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EasilyHard    

Hes a loon that will likely off himself in jail He looks as girl like as the other lifers will ever see...welcone to your pillow biting master class

424 days ago
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