Orenthal James (O.J.) Simpson is the main focus in the 8-hour documentary television series, “O.J.: Made in America,” which begins airing on ABC, June 11, 2016, at 9:00 p.m. ET. The Series is finishing on the ESPN channel on, June 14-18, 2016, at 9:00 p.m. ET. The documentary begins in the 1960s, displaying racial tensions between Simpson and the Los Angeles police, as reported by “USA Today.”
Many do not know that the football player was married to Marguerite Whitley his first wife in 1967. The couple married young, Simpson was only 19 and his wife was 18. As reported by Refinery29, the two met in high school, while Whitley was dating one of the football player’s friends, A.C. Cowling. It is said that Cowling is the same man from the white Bronco chase with the LAPD after the murder of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
The couple had three children beginning with their first child Arnelle who was born in 1968, Jason their second child was born in 1970, and their third child, Aaren, was born in 1977. Sadly their third child died just two years later when she drowned in a pool at the Simpson’s Rockingham Estate.
A 10-episode docudrama, on FX, aired between Feb 2 and April 4, 2016, entitled “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” The television show starred Cuba Gooding Jr, in the role of Simpson and John Travolta, who played Robert Shapiro. It offered fans a glimpse of the Simpson murder trial. As reported by “USA Today,” the show had ratings that went through the roof.
The Juice’s name was one most associated with UFC football, sportscasting and some acting that started in 1974, according to Biography. In 1968, he played for the Trojans setting records in the NCCA and winning the Heisman Trophy. He went on the play for the Buffalo Bills in 1969, making a name for himself by leading the National Football League in rushing, 2,000 yards in a season, earning him the nickname, The Juice.
The famous football player met Nicole Brown in 1977, while he was still married to Whitley, according to Refinery29. Simpson his wife Whitley separated in 1978 and divorced in 1979. The courtship between Brown and Simpson was a long one, they married in 1985. The couple had two children; Justin and Sydney. The couple divorced in 1992.
Then the tables turned on the, once famous, football player when his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, were murdered in June of 1994. There were prior complaints from his wife of being physically abused by Simpson. One incident that happened in 1989, on New Years Eve at a party, where he threatened to kill her. When these were brought to the forefront during his trial, they explained why she filed for divorce in 1992. Many people believed that he had killed both, her and Goldman.
More recently, the ex-football player was convicted on 12 counts of armed robbery and kidnapping in 2008. His assertion being that he was trying to reclaim his personal belongings. Simpson was later sentenced to 33 years in prison, with the possibility of parole in 9 years. Appeals to the courts to get his sentenced lowered and a new trial were rejected by the Nevada Supreme Court in October 2015. The decision cited that there was not a reason to overturn the lower court’s decision.
With the premiere of the television show coming out June 11, 2016, to recount the murder trials and who he was, it would seem O.J. Simpson will never truly be gone, even if he is in prison.
By Tracy Blake
Edited by Cathy Milne
USA Today: O.J. Simpson returns in explosive documentary
Refinery29: What You Don’t Know About O.J. Simpson’s First Marriage
Entertainment: New details about glove in O.J. Simpson case surface
Biography: O.J. Simpson
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