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Doctor believes OJ Simpson has concussion disease, CTE

O.J. Simpson (Image Source: Los Angeles County Jail)

O.J. Simpson (Image Source: Los Angeles County Jail)

The man who is known as the “concussion doctor” is weighing in on the plight of ex-NFL star OJ Simpson. Simpson is currently serving a 33-year sentence for armed robbery and kidnapping from an incident involving his sport memorabilia in 2008. Dr. Bennet Omalu made headlines for his work regarding chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a traumatic degenerative brain disease that occurs after repeated head trauma. His research on the disease and its impact was featured in the 2015 movie Concussion starring Will Smith. Omalu recently stated during an interview that he’d bet his medical license that O.J. Simpson suffers from CTE based on the size of Simpson’s head and the hard hits he took as a NFL player.

Omalu states, “If you have a bigger head that means your head is heavier. That means the momentum of your impact would be bigger. It’s basic physics.” It is speculated that Simpson’s defense team may possibly use this information in an attempt to get his conviction overturned. In a 2012 interview, Simpson stated, “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.” Persons who are afflicted by this disease suffer from memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, anxiety, and suicide. Currently, the only way to diagnose the condition is an examination of the brain after death.

In 1994, Simpson was charged in the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman in a sensational trial that riveted the nation. The trial is now the subject of a soon to be released TV mini-series starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. titled “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” The series debuts this Tuesday on FX.


  1. Exoctic 1 on February 1, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    He made poor decisions… However, this stems from the Nicole Brown case, he will always be guilty in the eyes of justice….. Regardless if he did it or not this is Double Jeopardy

    • jrube on February 2, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      He is is absolutely guilty of her and Ron Goldmans murder. No doubt about it.

      • Jae on March 8, 2016 at 2:49 pm

        First let me say, I do not like OJ Simpson. I knew someone that went to a party he was giving and there were no black women invited. My friends uncle came with a black woman and OJ himself looked at him like “WTF did you bring this black woman for?” And it was so uncomfortable that they left right away. and I could care less that he married a white woman.

        But, I saw pictures of the crime scene and the bodies and there was MAJOR blood everywhere! Nicole Simpsons head was almost severed which means a major artery had been cut.(jugular) there is not way there were only a few drops of blood on a glove that DID NOT fit had only trace evidence of a few drops of blood! It would have been covered.

        Second, Ron Goldman FOUGHT SERIOUSLY WITH HIS KILLER. The autopsy pictures showed his hands with bloody scars on his knuckles.. Where was OJ’s bruises? Cuts on his face? Ron Goldman was a young dude. People think since OJ played football that he was strong. His knees are shot! and he was old.

        Robert Kardashian and Johnny Cochran and the other lawyers were good men who believed in OJ and the jury did there job.

        And if he went to kill her how did he know she would be outside at that very moment to meet her friend? You’re going to tell me that he was going to kill her in the house with his children in there? Was he going to murder everyone in a short period of time and then get on a plane?

        It maybe possible that he knows who could have been responsible. Maybe.

        People want to paint N.B.S as this Lily white angel, that she was not. She was in to drugs and a excessive life style. I think if OJ wanted to kill her he would have done it way before he gave her and her whole family millions and millions of dollars.