The Parole Board Member That Rocked A Chiefs Tie At The OJ Simpson Hearing Offered His Explanation For Doing So
LBS- Perhaps the most bizarre storyline from Simpson’s parole hearing was that a member of the board was wearing a Kansas City Chiefs tie. That man was Adam Endel, and he explained his wardrobe choice to Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star.
Endel, who moved to Kansas City with his family when he was a young boy, knew how highly-televised Simpson’s hearing would be. He says his decision to wear a Chiefs tie had more to do with the cameras and less to do with Simpson himself.
“Yeah, that’s safe to say,” Endel explained. “It was one of those little things I figured someone might spot from Kansas City, but I didn’t realize it was going to blow up that much. It’s crazy now.”
“I can’t match things very well,” he said. “So I have to wear solid colors most of the time. My wife’s not around always.”
“I realize some people are going to be upset I wore a Chiefs tie,” he said. “That’s OK. They can be upset.”
You just can't help but to respect that level of fandom. I mean, literally nothing else in the world matters more to Adam Endel than rocking his team's colors and showing them the support they deserve. Not professionalism, not the perception of impartiality in the justice system, and certainly not fashion.
So his outfit made an ever-so-slight mockery of a hearing that ultimately resulted in the eventual release of a guy that probably murdered two people in a horrific manner without regret and still vehemently denies it so often that he's likely convinced himself that he didn't do it at all. I guess that's not the greatest of optics, but what else was a proud member of Chiefs Nation supposed to do? Let the viewing audience think that his rooting interests were one of the 31 other teams in the NFL? Not now, not never. He had one opportunity to let the world know his allegiance, and he wasn't about to let it slip just because it made him appear to care more about sports than the safety of society while making a critical decision about a legendary football player turned sociopath. Those that are upset about it can harbor as much ill will as they want, because none of them will be in attendance at 'Arrowhead Stadium' this upcoming season and those are the only people that this particular parole board member cares about. I, for one, can salute that level of dedication.