Sometimes, something or someone transcends the world of sports. Twenty-two years ago last week, that moment happened and it is still talked about all these years later.
O.J. Simpson who was one of the greatest running backs of all time was in a white Ford Bronco with his friend Al Cowlings at the wheel, being followed by the Los Angeles Police Dpartment. Simpson was wanted for questioning in the murders of his ex-wife Nicole and Ron Goldman.
Everything and everyone stopped to watch the white Bronco go down the freeway. People lined the streets in L.A. and gathered in front of their televisions to watch. Even the NBA finals were interrupted by the “chase.”
ESPN’s new 30-for-30 documentary “O.J.: Made in America” chronicles how O.J. not only became America’s sweetheart, but how the “trial of the century” pitted black America against white America.
What Simpson accomplished on the football field is second to none and he is worthy of his spot in the professional football Hall of Fame. After all, it’s not a hall of morality. The sad decline of O.J. after he was acquitted is one of epic proportions.
O.J. is spending his life behind prison walls, not for murder, but for holding up memorabilia collectors in a hotel room with a gun. It’s been over 20 years since the “trial of the century” and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t one of the many who, to this day, is captivated by the story.
Love, jealousy, murder, trial lawyers, a media circus, racial divide, redemption, and a fall from grace: sounds like a made for TV movie, which, sadly, is what Simpson’s life turned into. Just the mention of his name sparks controversy. And that, my friends, is one way to transcend the sports world.
That’s my point, what’s yours?
Andy McCord has been a sports broadcaster for 21 years and has covered thousands of games throughout Indiana.