Every choice has a consequence. No one, I repeat, no one can escape this. It is a law of the universe! Those words come from experience, because just like O. J. I, too, faced the consequences of my choices as eighteen years ago plus one day I did what O. J. will soon do – step into prison.
Never once would O J. Simpson have dreamed when he walked free from the courtroom in the trial he faced for the death of Nicole Brown Simpson that thirteen years later he would walk out of a court room found guilty on charges that would potentially send him to prison for the rest of his life. Yet, late on a friday afternoon in October O. J. was found GUILTY on all charges. After the charges were read, O. J. was handcuffed and led to a new stage of life – one where freedom alludes you. Speaking from experience, it is not a pleasant place.
According to reports by CNN:
Simpson arrived at the Clark County Justice Center at around 10:50 p.m. (1:50 a.m. Saturday ET). Simpson told CNN’s Ted Rowlands on the phone before the verdict was read that he was “apprehensive.”
The jury of nine men and three women, none of them African-American, reached its verdict after 13 hours of deliberations Friday. Jurors heard from 22 witnesses over 12 days of testimony. Chief among the witnesses were seven of the nine people inside Room 1203 of the Palace Station Hotel and Casino for the September 13, 2007, confrontation.
In an earlier post I stated, “Have you ever noticed that it’s impossible to avoid outcomes that – on the surface you would think – you want to avoid. Oh, for a time, you might think you could dodge the bullet, but then reality hits and, once again, you are hit squarely in the face with reality. For O. J. Simpson that rings true. Reality is – O. J. Simpson is sabotaging himself.” In fact, with this guilty verdict he accomplished his mission.
No I’m no psychologist so I have no formal educational basis for my claim and even though I state that here, I am sure I’ll receive comments to that effect. But, I do have a Ph.D. from the school of practical experience. And, let me say, that is one of the most significant learning environments I’ve ever participated in. So let me state again my premise – O. J. Simpson is sabotaging himself!
The question is why? Why would anyone take actions – either consciously or unconsciously – that would bring about an outcome that, by most standards, people would not want? Why when at the beginning it would see that all was going your way?
In the article by Time magazine – “The Rise and Fall of O. J. Simpson” the follow is stated:
An All-American Beginning
Orenthal James Simpson rose to national prominence as a football player at the University of Southern California, winning the Heisman Trophy in 1968. He went on to play for the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers and retired after the 1979 season. O.J. was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.
Murder Charges and One Very Slow Car Chase
On June 12, 1994, O.J.’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman were found stabbed to death outside her house in Los Angeles. Three days later, Simpson, who was charged with their murders, failed to turn himself in and led police on a low-speed — and highly televised — pursuit in a white Ford Bronco. He had left what many considered to be a suicide note that asked the media, “as a last wish, please, please, please, leave my children in peace.” The surreal chase ended at Simpson’s home, where he surrendered to authorities.
“If It Doesn’t Fit, You Must Acquit”
A jury acquitted Simpson of double homicide on Oct. 3, 1995, after O.J.’s defense team cast doubt on all the evidence, suggesting it had either been contaminated by bungling lab technicians or planted by police trying to frame Simpson because of his race.
Simpson Loses Wrongful-Death Suit
In a 1997 civil trial, where the standards for guilt are lower than in criminal proceedings, Simpson was found liable for the deaths of his ex-wife and Goldman. He was ordered to pay $25 million in punitive damages divided between the victims’ families and $8.5 million in compensatory damages to the Goldman estate. Despite efforts by Goldman’s parents, Fred and Pattie, above, much of the judgment remains unpaid.
A Hypothetical Tell-All
In 2006, Simpson collaborated on a hypothetical tell-all titled If I Did It and taped an accompanying TV interview that never aired due to public outrage. The TV and book deal had been announced by ReganBooks but was quickly cancelled by parent company News Corp., whose CEO Rupert Murdoch called it “an ill-considered project.”
Facing a Possible Life Sentence
On Oct. 3, 13 years to the day Simpson was acquitted of double homicide, a jury convicted him of armed robbery and kidnapping charges stemming from a September 2007 incident in Las Vegas. Simpson and five men raided a hotel room and took memorabilia that the Hall of Famer claimed had been stolen from him. He now faces a possible life sentence for the six-minute encounter, which was secretly audio-taped by the auctioneer who arranged the meeting with the unsuspecting collectibles dealers.
Of course the only part of the story yet to be completed is the sentence.
If one is guilty of a crime, then one will continue to do things so that guilt is brought to light. While Simpson got past the murder charge (and perhaps he was innocent), there is something lurking that brings Simpson the need for punishment. So, having avoided what some would call his just reward, O. J. has chosen to act out in different ways so that equilibrium is restored. O. J. is guilty of something and the need for punishment is being manifest by his actions – whether conscious or unconscious.
A universal law is at work here – you will reap what you sow! And, until that law is satisfied, you will continually have the opportunity to reap till there is equilibrium.
The Positive Side of Consequences:
While reaping and sowing, at least in O. J.’s case, seems to focus on the negative, I know from experience that one can experience negative consequences from one’s actions, but likewise, you can enjoy positive results from the seeds you sow. From prison to Senior Sales Executive in a public company – I know that first hand from personal experience and speak about it regularly.
Perhaps, once O. J. is past this phase of his life and has satisfied his need for punishment, he’ll have the time to pay it forward and give back using his celebrity for the benefit of others. Till then – mark my words – a universal law is in play and once started it will find balance.