At least one person believes that O.J. Simpson is guilty – of having CTE that is. The renowned Nigerian forensic pathologist and concussion doctor, whose research inspired a hit movie, is convinced that the former football star is suffering from the degenerative brain disorder CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) which has shown up in scores of previous NFL players.
Writes ABC News on Jan. 29: “Speaking yesterday in an interview with ABC News, Dr. Bennet Omalu – the neuropathologist whose identification of CTE is depicted in Concussion starring Will Smith – said Simpson was ‘more likely than not’ suffering from CTE.”
In fact, Dr. Omalu went so far as to say, “I would bet my medical license on it.”
Omalu said Simpson fits the profile of how CTE affects individuals – erratic behavior, violent mood swings, a complete inability to concentrate and focus, and onset of severe depression. The disorder can only be confirmed posthumously.
“Given his profile,” Omalu said. “I think it’s not an irresponsible conclusion to suspect he has CTE.”
One of the reasons Dr. Omalu thinks Simpson has CTE? O.J. has a big head – literally speaking. According to the HuffPost, Simpson “famously has an unusually large head – so large, in fact, that he had to get custom-made helmets throughout his tenure in the NFL.”
“[And] if you have a bigger head, that means your head is heavier,” Omalu reasoned. “That means the momentum of your impact would be bigger. It’s basic physics.”
Simpson, an all-pro running back for the Buffalo Bills, enjoyed a post-retirement career working as an actor in various movies and commercial spots. In 1994, he was charged with murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman. In a trial that gripped the nation, Simpson was acquitted of both murders, though he was later found guilty in a civil trial.
The disgraced Simpson is currently serving a 33-year-prison sentence at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada on unrelated charges of armed robbery.
In a push for a retrial in 2012, Simpson and his legal team argued the CTE angle. “I was knocked out of games for such head blows repeatedly in the 1970s and other times I continued playing despite hard blows to my head during football games,” Simpson stated at the time, according to court depositions.
The 2015 Concussion film is based on a 2009 GQ exposé highlighting efforts by the National Football League to suppress Dr. Bennet Omalu’s research on CTE brain damage suffered by professional football players.