In his first extensive interview since being released from prison, O.J. Simpson spoke with The Buffalo News about a wide range of subjects, from his life in prison to his football career and whether he believes he suffers from the effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
In a story published Friday, Simpson told the newspaper that he isn’t sure whether he has CTE, a neurodegenerative disease that has been found in other retired NFL players. But he says there are days where “I can’t find words” and can’t remember the names of people he knows, which he described as a scary feeling.
“Well, I don’t know,” he told The News, when asked if he believes he has CTE. “I feel all right. But I have days when I can’t … I lose words, and I can’t come up with a simple word. I can’t remember a phone number, so forget that.”
While the newspaper explained that the pretext of the interview was to speak about his football career, including his time in Buffalo, Simpson also told The News about his life in prison.
More than a dozen years after he was famously charged and acquitted of double murder — which he described to the newspaper as “the L.A. thing” or “all that L.A. crap” — Simpson was arrested for armed robbery and kidnapping. He served nine years at a Nevada prison and was released on parole in October.
“Nobody would think about screwing with me,” Simpson told The News of his life in prison. “Virtually all the guys had my back. I was setting the tone. I was helping the guys. I helped put together programs, and when there were problems, I was the guy they came to to mediate.”
Simpson also spoke with the newspaper about his football career, whether he believes he’ll be remembered as a football player, President Donald Trump’s attempt to buy the Bills and Colin Kaepernick’s decision to protest during the national anthem, among other topics.
“I think Colin made a mistake,” Simpson told The News. “I really appreciate what he was trying to say. I thought he made a bad choice in attacking the flag.”
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Source: Tom Schad, USA TODAY Sports
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