Statements by Jelena Dokic surfaced yesterday, revealing that she was physically abused by her father as a child. The full story will be available on Thursday, in Herald’s Sport & Style, but we already have complications.
Damir Dokic, who by the way hung up when contacted by the Herald, threatened the Australian ambassador in Belgrade that he would blow up her car with a grenade launcher if she didn’t do something about the interview.
According to Serbian paper Blic, Damir confirmed he made the threatening phone call, and claimed that the article about his abusiveness was full of lies and that the ambassador had to fight that as a representative of a country.
“Ambassador is a representative of a country and has to react, to call the Information Minister and take all the steps so that the person who launched the text full of lies could be punished,” said Damir.
“I’m fed up with that country launching lies that ruined my family, primarily my daughter Jelena,” he added.
Oh come on, this man doesn’t seem aggressive at all. I can’t picture him physically abusing his daughter. It’s irony, guys. And also, what does poor ambassador have to do with Damir’s personal problems? Oops, I should be careful with Damir, I may be his next target. You never know.
Helpful info: Dokic was born in the former Yugoslavia, but migrated to Sydney with her family as a child and represented Australia at the 2000 Olympics. She renounced her Australian ties in 2001 to move back to Serbia, then decided to begin competing for Australia again in 2006. (via Off the Baseline)
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