More than a month after he was forcibly admitted to a psychiatric hospital, Guma Aguiar broke his silence on Tuesday evening.
The 32-year-old said in a press release that “this is the time to put aside” his love for Betar Jerusalem and Hapoel Jerusalem, but did not rule out a return to the sporting world in the future.
“I request that everyone understand that during the coming period, I would like to devote most of my time to my loving wife Jamie and our three children,” said Aguiar, whose mental health had steadily deteriorated, culminating in his claims that he had visited Gaza and had met captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit.
“In the meantime, this is the time to put aside my love for the sports teams for a limited period and to focus on the situation in which I and my family find ourselves.
“In the future, my goal is to balance my family life here in Israel with the sports teams of which I am so fond.”
Before the start of the season, Aguiar gave Hapoel Jerusalem $1.5
million and saved Betar from bankruptcy with a $4 million donation.
However, earlier this month Adv. Eitan Gabay announced that Aguiar and
his family had decided to stop giving Jerusalem’s clubs money to reduce
the stress Aguiar is under.