TV legends Hartmann and Elstner dismiss Becker in ARD’s ‘Maischberger’ speech.

Boris Becker has been imprisoned in Wandsworth prison in London since last Friday: two and a half years in prison for several bankruptcy offences. The Becker case, once an idol of German sports, is and will remain a hot topic, including on Tuesday evening on the ARD program “Maischberger”.

With Waldemar Hartmann was someone who knew Becker as a longtime sports presenter, not just tennis. The 74-year-old sketched and dissected Becker’s psychogram: why does he think the way he thinks?

Boris Becker ‘was on top of things’, says Waldemar Hartmann

An example. The then national football coach, Erich Ribbeck, wanted Becker to accompany the team to the 2000 European Championships – he should talk to the “boys” about motivation. However, Becker was “on top of things”, Hartmann said, and believed the team only won because he was on the bus.

“Becker wasn’t very receptive to advice,” Hartmann criticized when asked about Becker’s financial disaster. The man from Leimen has always “lived in the best conditions”, he should have owed 40 million euros to the only Swiss businessman Hans-Dieter Cleven. Hartmann’s verdict: “The laws apply to everyone, including Becker.”

Football manager Uli Hoeneß, convicted of tax evasion in 2014, is once again an integrated and accepted member of society. What will happen to Becker? “I don’t know if he’s going to get back on his feet,” Hartmann said. After all: Becker still has plenty of fans who are likely to remain loyal to him.

“Becker does not have the necessary respect for the property of others”

Frank Elstner, inventor of the legendary TV show “Wetten dass…?”, also knows Becker well. They “met several times” and shared “good friends,” said Elstner, 80, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease, in “Maischberger’s” group.

He thought for a long time: “What could have pushed him to work so illegally? Earlier, as a tennis star and six-time Grand Slam winner, “Becker fought to the death to become who he is,” Elstner recalled.

Then he chided the 54-year-old somewhat abruptly: “He probably doesn’t have the necessary respect for other people’s property. At the same time, Elstner sent his best wishes that Becker “slept well in prison and got out early.” he was thinking”.

Boris Becker’s image has suffered enormously – also with his television friends. The fights on the tennis court were difficult, the fight inside and outside the prison becomes even more difficult.

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