Badman runs into trouble with his fans

Isaac ‘Badman’ Makwala’s quick feet have taken him to stardom. The Tutume 400m specialist enjoys worldwide fame thanks largely to his 2017 solo run, which catapulted him to an overnight hero. While his legs have propelled him into the world of fame, his quick fingers on the keyboard recently landed him in trouble with his adoring fans.

The fans, who have cheered Makwala at the height of his career, were quick to call for his retirement after his recent showings in the Diamond League. But Makwala has a sharp tongue too and doesn’t hold back. He was curt in telling his fans-turned-detractors off, literally ordering them to go hang. Makwala, in response to calls for his retirement, directed his critics to politicians and said he was not voted to run. In fact no one told him when to start and effectively no one will tell him when to stop.

Fair enough. What Makwala said was nothing but the brutal truth. It’s his career afterall. But was it the necessary truth? Makwala has his emotion and ego and like any of us, he is subject to regular combustions here and there. However, Makwala is not me and you. He is a global brand with a reputation built over the years, to protect.

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