“O.J. BRAIN CANCER!” screamed the headline on the cover of the National Enquirer that I saw while on the line at the grocery store.
“Disgraced football legend faces AGONIZING DEATH,” according to the subhead above the headline.
My first thought as I looked at the National Enquirer probably was similar to the thoughts of a large percentage of people who looked at the same newspaper — ‘if anyone deserves brain cancer and an agonizing death, it’s O.J. Simpson.’ My second thought was far more sympathetic — ‘why haven’t there ever been any articles exploring whether Simpson sustained brain damage while he was playing in the National Football League?’
In 2013, the National Football League (NFL) agreed to settle a class-action suit filed by more than 4,500 ex-players and family members of deceased players. The plaintiffs claimed the NFL compelled them to play with concussions rather than treating them and hid what it knew about how concussions can negatively impact people’s short- and long-term health. The NFL didn’t admit any responsibility, but agreed to pay ex-players harmed by brain injuries they sustained as players $675 million.
O.J. is NOT among the ex-players who sued the NFL, but the plaintiffs’ attorneys wouldn’t want him to be a plaintiff if he wanted to be. That would be REALLY bad publicity. The National Enquirer article reports that Simpson has complained about headaches and a slipping memory. Both are symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a disease that has been diagnosed in the brains of many ex-NFL players. Depression and rage are also symptoms — and O.J. has definitely exhibited rage although he was acquitted of the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
The list of ex-players who sued the NFL reads like a “Who’s Who” of great NFL players. O.J. was a running back. There’s lots of running backs on the list. Tony Dorsett has reported that he frequently forgets where he is going while he is driving and has to phone for help. Lots of quarterbacks on the list. Jim McMahon has reported that he thought about killing himself because of depression caused by his declining memory. Suicide victims such as Junior Seau are on the list.
Of course, you can be a victim of the NFL’s negligence and a really, really bad person as many people contend O.J. is. Currently, he is serving a 33-year term in a Nevada prison for his actions during a 2007 attempted robbery of his own sports memorabilia. He was convicted of burglary, kidnapping and robbery.
And O.J. wants OUT. In a July, 2013, parole hearing, he claimed he should be let out of prison because he’s a model prisoner — the “Mother Teresa of Prison,” joked TMZ.
Now, O.J. believes the ticket out of prison might be President Barack Obama. What? Yes, O.J. wants the president to pardon him so he can die at home rather in prison, according to the National Enquirer. The tabloid reports that prison doctors have told him he has a brain tumor and want to examine the tumor to ascertain whether it is cancerous.
“He seriously believes the president will help him because he supported Obama and even contributed to his campaign,” an unidentified source told the National Enquirer. “He wrote to Obama, ‘Mr. President, I know my life is coming to an end. Please, don’t let me die in prison.’”
The National Enquirer also reports that O.J. has a severe diabetes and very high blood pressure. Now 66, O.J. is noticeably overweight — he’s FAT — and has other health problems, according to The Huffington Post, which has an interesting 36-part photo display entitled “O.J. Simpson From College To Conviction” that summarizes his life. Citing an article by The Washington Times, The Huffington Post reports that O.J. is having problems seeing, hearing, and talking. His smelling is apparently OK.
Numerous publications have reported the National Enquirer’s news about O.J. If you don’t feel sorry for O.J., you can look at the Daily Mail’s report, which includes photos of O.J. in shackles.
Of course, anyone who has been following the O.J. case probably wants to know one more thing — will there be a deathbed confession that he murdered his ex-wife and her friend? The Daily Mail claims that O.J. HAS confessed.
O.J. “told a prison friend that he will write a confession letter that will be sent — and then publicly shared — after he dies,” the Daily Mail reported.
“O.J. BRAIN CANCER!” screamed the headline on the cover of the National Enquirer that I saw while on the line at the grocery store. Now, O.J. believes the ticket out of prison might be President Barack Obama. What? Yes, O.J. wants the president to pardon him so he can die at home rather in prison, according to the National Enquirer. The tabloid reports that prison doctors have told him he has a brain tumor and want to examine the tumor to ascertain whether it is cancerous.