You make the call

  • Follow Editorials

It's a concept so basic that it is taught to - and understood by - small children: If you suspect or come across wrongdoing, call the police.

Then there's O.J. Simpson.

Since the 1994 murder of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, the former NFL star has navigated his path through public life into little more than a train wreck, without displaying one iota of contrition concerning the double slaying.

Simpson's latest misstep came Sunday, when Las Vegas police arrested him on felony charges stemming from an alleged armed robbery. Simpson says he was trying to get back personal sports memorabilia that was stolen years before.

Certainly if some of your prized belongings had been stolen, your first reaction would be to call officers who are trained to find and return stolen goods to their owners - legally.

Instead, Simpson is accused of barging into a hotel room with armed cohorts and demanding the memorabilia from a collector.

Here is Simpson's attorney, Yale Galanter: "You can't rob something that is yours. O.J. said, 'You've got stolen property. Either you return it or I call the police.' "

But did he say that? According to Simpson himself, he apparently had no intention of calling authorities.

"The police, since my trouble, have not worked out for me," he said. Whenever he has called police in the past, Simpson added, "It just becomes a story about O.J."

And that's a story, frankly, that we're sick of hearing.

One of Simpson's friends, Walter Alexander, told Good Morning America on Tuesday that this whole incident sounds like a setup. Regardless of whether that's true, it shouldn't even have happened in the first place. It just puts on display, yet again, Simpson's chronic inability to discern right from wrong.

Comments (6) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
patriciathomas 09/19/07 - 03:50 am
Will Las Vegas honor his

Will Las Vegas honor his celebrity status like Los Angeles?

concernednative 09/19/07 - 08:49 am
This is basically double

This is basically double jeopardy. Had any once else did something like this people would be applauding saying they got what they deserved. Just like the articles where people shoot unarmed home invaders everyone says that is what crooks deserve they even applaud it as a crime deterent. But now we want to give OJ life. He should have gotten the electric chair for the murders in LA. But not life for getting his own belongings back.

mgroothand 09/19/07 - 11:05 am
O.J.'s acquittal did more

O.J.'s acquittal did more than just set a murderer free. It also sent race relations back 50 years. When the verdict was announced I and my TV news crew were at an all black college in the midwest where the entire student body and faculty had gathered for the auspicious occasion. The not-guilty verdict sent waves of pure happiness and delight throughout the crowd, high fivin', backslapping and hugs were the order.
Later that day I was called by the college's provost and was urged NOT to air that tape since "it might prove harmful for race relations in the community". A month or so later I attended a GM's convention where similar tales abounded. A black man got away with brutally murdering two whites, a new cult hero!
A day or so ago, FOX news showed footage of the same exultations by blacks jubilant over the acquittal.

jack 09/19/07 - 01:20 pm
Hopefully, OJ will finally gt

Hopefully, OJ will finally gt what was coming to him in LA. He is nothing more than a murdering thug. I also hope the cops/IRS find his off-shore money and confiscate that for the Goldmans.

JohnQPublic 09/19/07 - 10:39 pm
The sun doesn't shine on the

The sun doesn't shine on the same guy's behind all the time.
Looks like OJ is in for some cloudy days. He has some kind of sick notion that he is always right and invincible.

wildman 09/20/07 - 04:08 am
Enough already, not sure

Enough already, not sure about everybody else but I'm sick and tired of OJ. I really just don't care, he has no influence on my life. We all know he's a thug

Back to Top