If ever there were a fall from favor, O.J. Simpson would be its poster child. The latest hub-bub about Simpson, now serving a 33 year prison term for armed robbery, has become an Internet trend casting Simpson in a sad and comical light once again. Whether or not the NFL Hall of Fame running back has was caught stealing cookies from the prison cafeteria or not, the O.J. Sage just does not get any better.
Once the celebrity spotlight shined on O.J. via the National Inquirer’s gossip columns focused on Hollywood’s most popular, now the same magazine frames Simpson in this pitiful light. Now, according to the story, the man who was considered the most elusive running back in football history, was just busted for ferreting cookies back to his cell against doctor’s orders.
Simpson is diabetic, and is under strict supervision where sweets are concerned. As for the cookie-monster story, the Huffington Post talked with officials at Post Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada, where Simpson is imprisoned, basically refuting the cookie theft line. According to Simpson and prison officials, the former Heisman Trophy winner is something of a model prisoner. Simpson has sought a new trial on the charges related to his trying to regain memorabilia. Simpson was paroled recently for several of the charges levied against him for the memorabilia case, but still faces 4 years for other offences.
O.J., whose troubles started when he was charged with the deaths of wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, has been the butt of jokes and jabs for his erratic behavior and almost ludicrous run-ins with the law ever since he was acquitted of the murders. While a look at many of the Simpson run ins with the law might easily be classified “trumped up” charges or even harassment of a sort, the Las Vegas casino robbery charge stuck after Simpson’s accomplices plea bargained (gave up) Simpson away.
Thinking of O.J. and such a dark and gloomy falling, I am reminded of a quote from Robert E. Lee ironically:
“We must expect reverses, even defeats. They are sent to teach us wisdom and prudence, to call forth greater energies, and to prevent our falling into greater disasters.” Robert E. Lee
Somehow I prefer to think of O.J. this way, call me nostalgic and naive.