Originally Posted by DaneMcCloud
Well, here's the thing: I was in such a state of shock that I couldn't even speak.
I grew up watching O.J. and LOVED him. Loved him with the Bills, loved him in the Hertz commercials, in Capricorn One, in those silly Police Squad movies and on NBC as an analyst. I was in absolute denial when he was arrested for murder.
I'll admit it, for the first time on Chiefsplanet: When the Knicks game was interrupted in 1994 because of the White Ford Bronco Chase, I was half-tempted to jump in my car in Hollywood and head down to the 405 to watch would happen and cheer him on. I mean seriously, at that point, NO ONE thought he was guilty. It was impossible.
O.J. Simpson a murderer? No way. It's just not possible.
Seriously, I listened to the trial every single day on my radio at work. I was WAY into it. I'd watch the legal experts in the lunch room on TV, and watch everything associated with it at night.
When the verdict was read, there was silence in the conference room at Universal. I don't think any of us thought he'd be found not guilty.
So seeing him in person and talking to him was just, bizarre.
I remember being in shock when I heard over the radio that OJ was hauling ass in his Bronco. I drove home as quickly as I could to see the news coverage. I never really paid attention to the trial.
He always struck me as a "big teddy bear" kind of guy and couldn't believe that he could kill anyone. Of course, look at the many murderers out there. Family, friends, neighbors... they all say the same thing, "he was always a kind person, very down-to-earth, etc.".