O.J. will be freed once again

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Juice will soon be loose once again. After spending nearly nine years in prison for his role in a 2007 armed robbery case, O.J. Simpson could be released as early as Oct. 1.

Simpson, who is now 70 years old, could have had it all. After a stellar college career at USC, Simpson went to Buffalo and in 1973, his fifth year in the NFL, rushed for 2,003 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. Two years later, Simpson rushed for 1,817 yards and scored 16 touchdowns. He added 426 yards receiving. Simpson finished his career with 11,236 yards rushing and 61 touchdowns. He added 2,142 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns.

Even before his retirement, Simpson began his acting career, starring in the mini-television series Roots and the motion picture The Towering Inferno. Simpson was also in The Naked Gun trilogy and worked as a commentator for Monday Night Football.

Whether you believe Simpson murdered his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, or not, there is no doubt that on June 17, 1994, Simpson's life got turned upside down. This is when Simpson was asked to turn himself into police custody, but instead decided to take the famed "white Ford Bronco" on a ride across Los Angeles. Simpson claimed that he wanted to see his mother one last time, but in the process of the trip, Simpson had a gun pointed at his head and several police cars and television outlets were in pursuit of Simpson and the Bronco as millions of Americans looked on.

Eventually, Simpson finally returned to his home and surrendered . The trial spanned more than a year from his arraignment, jury selection, opening statements, evidence presented to the jury and finally the verdict.

Meanwhile, there was plenty to do in the outside world. Acting roles he was missing out on, football games he was unable to commentate. But when the verdict was finally read, Simpson was found not guilty. While this was a great win for Simpson, and while Thursday's parole hearing was a great win for Simpson, things can never be the same. He will always be tarnished.

Simpson is on the loose once again. Hopefully these last nine years have made him a better person. Hopefully, in the twilight years of his life, Simpson will make better choices and hopefully make a positive impact on our country. Some people will always adore Simpson. Others will always have a negative opinion of him. Despite the divide, hopefully Simpson realizes he still has a major impact on millions of Americans.

Ty Loftis is sports editor for the Carroll County News. His email address is CCNSports@cox-internet.com.

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