I believe that OJ Simpson suffered the disease now commongly found in football players called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
Abbreviated as CTE.
It is in my opinion that is why OJ acted crazy.
Why he killed his wife, despite loving her.
Why he ran from the cops in his car.
And why none of it made sense when we saw it.
Here is what they say some symptoms are of CTE: (according to BU CTE Center)
The symptoms of CTE include memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, anxiety, suicidality, parkinsonism, and, eventually, progressive dementia. These symptoms often begin years or even decades after the last brain trauma or end of active athletic involvement.
Let’s go through that list.
Impaired judgement: Check.
Impulse control problems: Check
Aggression: Check, (plus a glove) Sorry, that was inappropriate.
Progressive dementia: Check.
The others don’t check out.
But I think eventually a player who has CTE snaps.
They lose their minds.
Eventually they are no longer who they used to be.
Sure their name is the same.
But not their minds.
They hear things.
They can’t concentrate.
Their minds are deteriorating right before our eyes.
As we all reminiscence of their great games, they are suffering from the pain those games caused them.
That is the key to this whole thing.
The player’s mind keeps getting worse and worse until, he loses too much.
Like a damn.
And he either explodes or….
I don’t know.
It is at this point that a player truly starts to suffer.
That is where OJ was.
He was transforming into another person.
And he didn’t know how to handle it.
After that, the player already lost their minds.
So there is no real way of getting it back.
It is a matter of how long the player will live with it.
OJ Simpson was suffering from a mental breakdown caused by him having CTE.
Cause what happened?
What did we all do when we saw it on TV?
We didn’t know what to do!
We never saw anything like that before!
And that is why it made no sense.
No one knew about CTE since the NFL was covering it up at the time.
So all we thought was,
“Here is this rich successful funny former football player, who goes crazy and kills his wife and runs from the scene.”
Does that sound like a man who is a regular functioning member of society?
It sounds like someone who has a problem.
OJ Simpson was the first public example of the horrors of what playing football can do to someone.
That they can, in fact, get CTE and go insane.
None of us knew it at the time but we were watching a man lose his mind.
It’s like that book everyone has to read in school about that kid that has a mental breakdown.
That’s what OJ was doing!
But more extreme!
When I thought about this whole situation from the angle that OJ has a disease no one even knew existed, I couldn’t help but feel bad for the guy.
It changed my outlook of the case.
OJ isn’t the villain if he is suffering.
He isn’t this heartless husband who murdered his wife.
He is a man who needed help, but no one gave it to him.
What did we do?
We filmed him!
We televised his act!
We publicized it, despite the fact, that none of us really knew what was going on.
My only other question is;
When will people start talking about it?
At least we got Jackie Chiles from it all.