The legendary ex-NFL player and acquitted murderer O.J. Simpson recently shared two popular videos about the Alex Murdaugh trial. In the films, Simpson attacked Murdaugh for testifying on his own behalf, pointing out that Murdaugh was a known liar. Additionally, he asserted that he was aware of the trial’s details, such as the claims of theft and the inquiries made regarding the passing of a former housekeeper.
Given his previous involvement with the criminal justice system, Simpson’s thoughts on the Murdaugh trial may have some merit, but his blatant dishonesty weakens them. Simpson is hardly an example of a person who upholds the law and acts honestly.
The primary reason that Simpson is so well-known is that he was accused of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1994. In 1995, Simpson was cleared of the allegations despite substantial evidence against him, such as DNA evidence and a history of domestic abuse. Many claimed that Simpson had bought his freedom with his wealth and celebrity status throughout the trial, which sparked intense controversy.
Simpson’s actions in the years following the trial have scarcely been those of a penitent and repentant citizen. In fact, he has a history of running afoul of the law, including being found guilty of armed robbery in 2007. He has also said a lot of things that are controversial, like saying that if he had been the one who had actually done the crime, he might have killed his ex-wife.
Given this background, it is difficult to take seriously Simpson’s critiques of the Murdaugh trial. For starters, given his own previous behavior, he is hardly in a position to lecture anyone about morals and honesty. Also, rather than genuinely adding to the national dialogue about justice and the law, his remarks appear more like an effort to stay in the public glare.
Simpson has a right to his thoughts, and some of his criticisms of the Murdaugh trial may have some merit. Yet, it’s difficult to see how he can be taken seriously as a commentator on any legal topic, given his own history and his obvious lack of credibility. In the end, his remarks on the Murdaugh trial serve as another example of his lack of credibility and hypocrisy.