NY Daily News- The doctor who inspired the movie "Concussion" has his own verdict in the O.J. Simpson case.
Bennet Omalu believes Simpson may have sustained brain damage in an 11-year pro football career that preceded his celebrity and the disgrace that followed his 1995 murder trial. Omalu stated his theory in an interview with People magazine.
"I would bet my medical license that he has CTE," says Omalu, referring to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease found in scores of former NFL players.
Omalu, a forensic pathologist portrayed in the film by Will Smith, said Simpson fits the profile of the disease, which can be definitely diagnosed only posthumously. Victims frequently exhibit erratic behavior, along with mood swings, violent tendencies, inability to concentrate and depression.
"Given his profile," Omalu told the magazine, "I think it's not an irresponsible conclusion to suspect he has CTE."
This poor guy. By all accounts, he's a pretty smart dude. Head injuries in the NFL aren't exactly a task that an unintelligible person would take on. Unfortunately, he's pretty much became a complete parody of himself. Sure, it's mostly Will Smith's fault for trying harder than anyone has ever tried at anything to emulate his accent, but his opinion on O.J. Simpson certainly isn't doing him any favors either. Hey Bennet, are you sure you don't have CTE? I don't want to question your advanced degrees or anything, but maybe find another wagon to hatch your reputation to other than that of the career criminal.
I am not saying it's irresponsible to say that O.J. Simpson has CTE. He played running back in the NFL for 11 years. If his brain didn't degenerate a little bit then I would question it's existence. What is irresponsible is implying that a couple concussions are the difference between a former athlete living a normal life, and a murderer with a rap sheet longer then that snooze-worthy 'Concussion' script. Something tells me if O.J. Simpson was a quarterback that wasn't constantly bashing his head into oncoming defensive players he would still be making the penitentiary his permanent residence. A couple head-to-head collisions don't transform a good-natured sweetheart into a ten-time felon (not including the time HE GOT AWAY WITH MURDER). Furthermore, people with advanced CTE might have the potential to kill, but they certainly don't have the wherewithal to get away with it. People with advanced CTE might have the ability to write a book, but they don't have the ability to write a book that completely mocks the justice system. You know who else suffers from erratic behavior, mood swings, and violent tendencies? Sociopaths. I don't think that makes them and the concussed one and the same. The Juice may have been squeezed, but there was still enough pulp floating around up there to know right from reprehensible.
P.S. CTE? Still a better excuse then "the glove don't fit, must acquit".