O.J. Simpson – “The Theft if Fine if the Stuff is Mine!” – Wrong. He’s GUILTY – 13 Years and a Karmic Outcome!

October 4, 2008

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.


O. J. Simpson – Robbery or Recovery? Only the Jury Knows for Sure!

October 2, 2008

The prosecutor would have us believe that O. J. is a gun slinging robber.  The defense claims that O. J. was just getting his personal belongings back.  But the truth will be decided by the jury.

According to the prosecutor, “He is the person who put these crimes together.  He is the one who recruited these individuals to help him commit the crimes.  We have so much more than a coordinated series of acts,” he said. “We have words that come out of the defendants’ mouths themselves.”

It seems that there is a belief that O. J. Simpson will once again escape what many feel is a just outcome – prison.  But the question remains, is O. J. guilty or just a prisoner to his dumb choices – none of which are crimes.

He’s a question for the blog readers:  If O. J. had never been to trial for anything else in his life.  If he were a star player for an NFL team and well loved, would public sentiment and expectation of guilt be there?  Is it possible that if the person being tried for exactly the same purported crime were, say Tony Romo, there would be an entirely different media circus calling for his acquittal?

Every choice has a consequence.  O. J. is living proof of that.  When it is all said and done, O. J. will have spent more on his defense than he would have gained from the repossession of the good he claims were his.  As a motivational speaker I keenly observe what happens in life.  My presentations are designed to go to the heart of those issues we face and find the positive and truth that can come from them.  Regardless of the outcome – there will be those who believe the outcome is wrong.  The fact is – O. J.’s choice is earning him a consequence, one that he will likely not forget.

Your comments are welcome…


O. J. Simpson – Another Slippery Slope to Freedom? North Carolina Motivational Speaker Chuck Gallagher Comments!

October 2, 2008

As the picture shows O. J. adjusting his glasses, one must wonder what he’s thinking this time. Yet, O. J. faces another verdict in his most recent trial for armed robbery and kidnapping. Here he sits going through yet another closing argument and wondering what fate besets him.

My comments as a white collar crime and ethics speaker have little to do with his guilt or innocence, that decision will soon be in the hands of the jury. Rather, O. J. like many people, myself included, have or have had a pattern of behavior that is destructive to those connected to us. As a result of O. J.’s choices, he has faced the possibility of some very serious consequences, and as the days pass will find out – yet once again – what the outcome or consequence of his most recent past choices will be.

O. J.’s past is public knowledge. There is no sense in reviewing the past. The only thing that is significant is the pattern. Every choice has a consequence. Make no mistake, the preceding sentence is true and a universal law – although many want to believe otherwise. I have experienced this law in action and, fully aware, witnessed many others who find out the truth of the law.

Every choice has a consequence. This case, soon to be before a Nevada jury, is no different. On one hand, O. J. would declare that he was just going to retrieve what was his – nothing more. Others, facing demands and a gun, would declare otherwise. Regardless of intent, O. J. will face the consequences of his choices and either be judged guilty or innocent.

Now many would say that O. J. is covered in lard – in that he had slide through what to many should have been obvious consequences. Let me point out – the consequence that we face as a result of the actions we take is not for us to choose. What should be an obvious consequence to many may not be the most significant consequence to the person who made the choice. Being stripped of a good name and reputation – a consequence that O. J. has faced – may be far more devastating than time in prison where he might be a hero.

Whatever the outcome, the single biggest question to me is – what next. O. J. has the name and fame to turn his choices (most perceived negative) into lessons and opportunities to show others the direct effect of choices and consequences. Will that happen? I would love to say yes, but past history shows that O. J. has not yet gotten off of the merry-go-round of ego driven bad choices. Perhaps this time will be the charm.

Meanwhile, there are those of us who know better and use past experience to help others. I use the experience of my past to help college kids see the direct connection between choices and consequences. Visit my web site and click on the Business Week tab on the home page for more information.


Another Chance For O. J. Simpson – What’s Beneath His Actions? Ethics Expert Chuck Gallagher Comments

January 16, 2008

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Appearing in blue prison clothing, O. J. Simpson got yet one more chance to enjoy freedom as District Judge Jackie Glass doubled his bail and set it at $250,000. Simpson was returned to jail from his home in Florida when it was determined that he violated the conditions of his bail by attempting to contact a codefendant in the armed robbery case.

According to a Los Angeles Times report Judge Glass had some harsh comments for Simpson.

“If you violate those rules and anything happens like this in the future, you’ll be back and locked up in the Clark County Detention Center,” she warned Simpson.

“I don’t know, Mr. Simpson, what the heck you were thinking, or maybe that’s the problem — you weren’t,” Glass said.

“I don’t know if it’s just arrogance. I don’t know if it’s ignorance. But you’ve been locked up at the Clark County Detention Center since Friday because of arrogance or ignorance or both.”

Simpson’s trial is set for April ’08.

In an earlier blog one of the questions raised was “Is O. J. Simpson effecting by his choices self-sabotage?” I believe he is. I believe that the laws of the universe are at work and O. J., whether consciously or unconsciously, is choosing behaviors that will ultimately land him in prison.

Every choice has a consequence. As a business ethics speaker, I address groups routinely talking about the Truth about Consequences. Whether the consequence happens quickly and directly relates to the choice or whether the consequence takes time and may be disconnected to the original choice – either way – there is still a consequence for every action or every choice.

Question:

What do you think the outcome will ultimately be in O. J. Simpson’s trial?


O J Simpson’s Self Sabatoge – You Can’t Escape the Law – You Reap What You Sow!

January 14, 2008

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.

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Reality is – O. J. Simpson is sabotaging himself.

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, for example, would you violate the terms of your bail knowing that such a violation would, most certainly, put you in jail?

The Theory:

We are taught in school several laws which we hold to be truth. One is that, on a universal level, everything seeks to find equilibrium. For example, I am a private pilot and one of the first lessons was that a plane (airplane) seeks to fly, so if you are in an unnatural attitude – let go of the controls and the plane will generally right itself. Similarly, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. One might try to delay the outcome or reaction, but it is inevitable.

O.K. – so much for theory. How does that apply to O. J.? Well, O. J. got off from his earlier murder charge. Recall, if the glove don’t fit, you must acquit! Verdict: Not Guilty!

Now for most of us…that little (O.K. Big) brush with the law would be enough. But, O. J. couldn’t resist. He had to try to get his stuff. Slogan: The theft is fine, if the stuff is mine! (Sorry, couldn’t resist that one). Outcome: Busted for armed robbery. Hum…in trouble again. Now why would you even try to (get your stuff back) knowing that you could have an issue with the law?

But…that’s not enough. Simpson had been instructed by Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joe M. Bonaventure in September not to have any contact with anyone involved in the case — not even by “carrier pigeon.” So what does Simpson – violate the terms of bail. Another dumb move.

Or is it?

Self Sabotage:

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, 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. If you’re interested in my presentations visit my web site at http://www.chuckgallagher.com

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.


Choices – Consequences and O.J. Simpson

November 15, 2007

With the news today and O. J. Simpson must stand trial as reported on CNN.com one must wonder if the fickle finger of fate will bring what many people feel should be justice to O. J. Simpson?

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/law/11/14/simpson.hearing/index.html

As a business ethics speaker, (http://www.chuckgallagher.com)  I often find people who feel that the rich and famous can avoid the consequences of their choices.   They site O. J. Simpson as evidence. 

I tell them that they are wrong.  At least that’s my opinion.  Just because we don’t see the consequences of our choices in the time frame we feel we should – doesn’t mean that we will avoid the consequences.  We won’t and can’t. 

Before I had to face the outcome and consequences of my unethical choices, I, too, thought I could avoid the consequences.  In fact, I began to believe that there weren’t any.  I rationalized that my behavior was no, in fact, illegal.  I was wrong!

I entered Federal prison and emerged a stronger person.  But make no mistake…there were consequences to my actions.  I speak about them regularily to corporations and associations around the country.  Every choice has a consequence and certainly I am living proof.

O. J. will get his day in court and I trust that justice will prevail – regardless the outcome – guilt or innocence.  Let us not forget, however, every choice has a consequence.

http://gretawire.foxnews.com/2007/11/14/latest-on-oj-simpson/

Any thoughts?