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."
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, 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.