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Remembering O.J. Simpson: A Childhood Encounter with a Controversial Icon

When I was about six years old, I met OJ Simpson. He was friends with my former babysitter’s husband, Allen Smith, who played for the Buffalo Bills. At the time, OJ was huge and about to leave Buffalo.

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I remember him as a very down-to-earth, nice guy. His situation with the murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman spoke volumes about many other problems in America. It was very interesting to see the people who used to love him turn on him the way they did. It would be very hard to be convinced that the judge in his second case in Vegas, who sent him to prison for stealing his own property, did not have it out for him because of the murders.


O.J. Simpson, a former NFL star and controversial public figure, passed away on April 10 at the age of 76 after battling cancer, as announced by his family on social media.

Simpson’s life was marked by significant achievements and serious legal troubles. He was acquitted of the murders almost 30 years ago but the court of public opinion refused to believe he was innocent and the disdain they had for him was brutal. The murderer(s) were never found.

Orenthal James Simpson, commonly known as O. J. Simpson, passed away at the age of 76 on April 10, 2024. He was a celebrated American football running back and later pursued careers in acting and broadcasting. Simpson played 11 seasons in the NFL, mainly with the Buffalo Bills, and is considered one of the greatest running backs in history.

His life off the field, however, was marked by controversy, including his high-profile acquittal in the murder of his ex-wife and her friend in 1995. Simpson had been battling cancer and was in hospice care at the time of his death.

He was a celebrated football player, winning the Heisman Trophy in 1968 and setting numerous records in the NFL. Post-retirement, he pursued acting and sports broadcasting. However, his life took a dark turn when he was tried and acquitted for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1995.

Later, in 2008, he was convicted for armed robbery and kidnapping, serving nearly nine years before being paroled in 2017.


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