Piers Morgan backs ‘great guy’ Boris Becker after tennis legend was jailed
Six-time Grand Slam tennis champion Boris Becker has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for hiding £2.5million in assets and loans to avoid paying a debt
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Pier Morgan spoke out in favor of Boris Becker afterwards The German tennis legend was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.
Earlier this month Becker, 54, was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court removal of property and two counts of non-disclosure of assets and concealment of debt. The jury concluded he had hidden assets and loans worth £2.5million.
Although he was acquitted of an additional 20 charges, including nine counts of failing to hand over his tennis trophies and medals, prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley said the jury found the commentator acted “willfully and dishonestly”. She also accused him of “wanting to blame others” before condemning him.
He had been previously he warned of a possible seven-year prison sentence with every load. His criminal record for tax evasion and attempted tax evasion in Germany in 2002 was also taken into account.
In 1985, Becker shot to superstardom at age 17 when he became the youngest male singles player to win Wimbledon although it is not sown. He went on to win two more titles at SW19, two Australian Open and a US Openand Olympic gold at the 1992 Barcelona Games.
His fall from grace was met with shock in tennis circles but it seems the star can at least count on Morgan for support. In the past, the two have attended soccer games together with Morgan arsenal supporters while Becker follows Chelsea.
Morgan made the headlines himself this week after launching his new show Piers Morgan Uncensored on TalkTV. The infamous presenter has already landed exclusive interviews with the likes of donald trump, Tyson Furyand Sharon Osbourne.
And further Twitter Today he posted: “I’m so sorry about Boris Becker. Great guy and always enjoyed his company. See you on the other side, mate.”
As is often the case with Morgan, 57, the tweet proved divisive, with many accusing him of essentially defending a criminal: “Excuse me? It’s all his own fault and now he’s serving his time,” said @dpkbell82.
@Fleece1969 echoed similar sentiments: “Sorry? He was caught trying to hide money from creditors and is now going to jail. However, some confused Morgan’s statement “see you on the other side” with Becker’s death.
@markgoldbridge, known on Twitter for his love for Manchester Unitedposted: “Who else was looking to see if he died?” while @walker_sonya said: “I hadn’t heard what happened and thought he had died.”
Becker, who has lived in London since 2012, has also made a name for himself as a coach after retiring. In their three years together he led Novak Djokovic to six Grand Slam titles. Until his retirement in 2020, he was also involved in supporting young talent and the Davis Cup team at the German Tennis Association.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/tennis/piers-morgan-boris-becker-jailed-26836073 Piers Morgan backs 'great guy' Boris Becker after tennis legend was jailed