A three-time Wimbledon champion, Boris Becker, who has been in prison, recently flared fury among his prison inmates if the reports are to be believed. Becker was handed a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence earlier this year after failing to declare £2.5 million worth of assets to avoid paying debts. The 54-year-old was a regular feature on the BBC’s coverage of the Championships before his conviction – was allowed to watch the 2022 tournament from his cell at HMP Huntercombe. He has now made his inmates furious after landing a new job behind the bars.
Boris Becker is set to teach sports science
Boris Becker has now angered his fellow inmates by being handed a new job at the Category C men’s prison. He will be teaching sports science as a classroom assistant.
“You would normally serve years before getting a job as a classroom assistant as it is seen as a privilege,” a source told The Sun. “But Becker has been given the job within weeks of being sentenced. There is a lot of resentment about it and the families of some prisoners have written letters of complaint.”
Boris Becker was convicted of four charges of insolvency relating to his bankruptcy in that took place in 2017. He was found guilty by a jury after admitting to blowing a £38 million fortune amassed during his glittering tennis career.
The former world number one said ‘expensive lifestyle habits’ had drained his finances, as well as a costly divorce and payments towards the upkeep of his four children.
BBC duo John McEnroe and Sue Barker received backlash at Wimbledon for pledging support to convicted criminal Becker during a live broadcast. One Twitter user wrote: “Stop presenters mentioning Boris Becker. We pay taxes in order to buy [a] license fee [and] he avoids it and it’s rubbed in our face.”
McEnroe has been vocal in his support for Becker and revealed last month that he plans to visit him in prison.
“Boris is a friend of mine,’ he said. “This is just horrible. I want to see him if I possibly can and if he’s willing to see people. “I just feel terrible. He’s one of the greatest players that has ever played the game, and I know it meant a lot to Boris. He’s been going through a lot for a long time.”