NYT Finds Strangest Anecdote Yet on Tamerlan
It involves an impromptu classical musical performance at boxing registration
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2013 4:07 PM CDT
In this 2009 file photo, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, left, fights Lamar Fenner of Chicago. Tsarnaev lost, though he and others thought he got robbed.   (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Rick Egan)

(Newser) – The New York Times is out with a lengthy history on Tamerlan Tsarnaev, its takeaway being that Tsarnaev's life seemed to go off the rails when his promising boxing career came to a halt in 2010 over his lack of citizenship. (The Golden Gloves ruled he couldn't compete in its national tournament.) The story has interviews with former classmates, his landlady, and even a former trainer, the latter of whom helps provide this anecdote about the teenage Tamerlan:

  • "Jumping right into boxing after his arrival in the United States, he called attention to himself immediately in more ways than one. During registration for a tournament in Lowell, he sat down at a piano and lost himself for 20 minutes in a piece of classical music. The impromptu performance, so out of place in that world, finished to a burst of applause from surprised onlookers."
  • Adds then-trainer Gene McCarthy: “He just walked over from the line and started playing like he was in the Boston Pops."
Click for the full story, which includes another anecdote about Tamerlan, clad in cowboy hat and alligator-skin boots, walking into the locker room of a Golden Gloves opponent and taunting him and his trainer. Soon after, he was disqualified from competing.

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Apr 28, 2013 2:22 PM CDT
He sounds like a loser who could not handle any of life's disappointments that ALL of us must face at different times in our life. He should have just put a bullet in his own head, instead he killed innocent people, then was ran over by his loser little brother. I hope he suffered as he lay there in the street.
Apr 28, 2013 7:28 AM CDT
The state media is working feverishly to call this anything and everything but what it is...Islamic extremism. This scum had plenty of opportunity to become a citizen and was on welfare from the day he came here. We gave him all the chances and he chose jihad...end of story
Apr 28, 2013 6:41 AM CDT
A talented man with a bright future in front of him, but so was Hitler. No one thought Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a good enough boxer and help him along and Tamerlan Tsarnaev went on to blow up bombs at a marathon. No one thought Hitler was a good enough artist and help him and Hitler went on to start World War II. Scorning or not supporting complex emotional people has consequences; most are so fragile that it doesn't take much for them to venture to the dark side.