The Doctor From ‘Concussion’ Thinks O.J. Simpson Has CTE

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According to famed neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, it is highly likely that O.J. Simpson suffers from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

“I would bet my medical license that he has CTE,” Omalu told People magazine

Omalu, of course, was one of the first researchers to identify the prevalence of CTE in NFL players. He was portrayed by Will Smith in Concussion, the 2015 film that chronicled his fight against the NFL’s attempt to suppress his research.

Simpson, lest you somehow didn’t know, was charged for viciously murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ronald Goldman, in 1994. He was acquitted of all criminal charges in 1995, but found liable for their wrongful deaths in a 1997 civil trial and ordered to pay $33.5 million in damages. In 2007 Simpson entered a Las Vegas hotel room and stole football memorabilia at gunpoint. He was then charged and convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping in 2008 and sentenced to 33 years in prison.

There are many symptoms of CTE, including memory loss, disorientation, social instability, irritability, erratic behavior, poor judgment, and aggression—all traits that could conceivably contribute to a rich man’s decision to murder his ex-wife.

Unfortunately, CTE can only be officially diagnosed after death. However, in recent studies by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University, CTE was found in 87 of the 91 (96%) NFL players examined. And in Simpson’s case there are a few other factors that make CTE highly probable.

First there’s the fact that Simpson played in the 60s and 70s. Back then almost nothing was known about the lasting effects of repeated blows to the head, so he was probably playing with concussions a lot.

Second is the fact that Simpson had a very large head.

“If you have a bigger head that means your head is heavier,” Omalu told People. “That means the momentum of your impact would be bigger. It’s basic physics.”

Of course, if O.J. Simpson does have CTE, that doesn’t excuse him for (allegedly) murdering Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, or robbing people at gunpoint. If current estimates are correct, just about every former NFL player has CTE. And while many of them may have aggressive or violent outbursts, they’re not all murdering people.

Still, it’s food for thought.

Hat Tip – [People]

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