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Darnell Dockett makes stir with O.J. comments

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In most cases, Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett is colorful and entertaining and ultimately harmless on Twitter.  On Saturday night, he shared an observation that even he soon realized should be deleted.

“When you get married and shit don’t work out,” Dockett said.  “She want 1/2 ‘HALF’ and see that’s where I have a issue.. I don’t blame OJ nevermind.”

After many reacted negatively to Dockett’s endorsement of O.J. Simpson’s alleged murder of his wife from 20 years ago, Dockett said, “I deleted my last tweet because y’all would take what I said wrong and I don’t feel like explaining where I’m coming from.”

And while he didn’t explain where he was coming from, Dockett finished with a flourish.

“And FYI I was not talking about murder,” Dockett said, again without explaining what he was talking about.  “But if this was the case let’s not forget Oj was innocent and he proved it in court!”

Of course, O.J. wasn’t innocent.  He was found not guilty because a jury disregarded overwhelming DNA evidence and other proof, locking instead on Simpson deftly spreading his fingers just enough to keep his bloody gloves from fitting his hands.  A civil jury later found Simpson responsible for killing his ex-wife and her friend, imposing a verdict on him of $33.5 million.

Dockett will likely face no scrutiny from the NFL or the Cardinals for his comments, and many would say he shouldn’t.  Dockett is on his own time, away from work.  If he wants to say something stupid, insensitive, or inflammatory, that’s his right.  (And it’s everyone else’s right to point out that he’s being stupid, insensitive, and/or inflammatory.)

Making the situation a bit more delicate for the NFL and the team is the fact that, if Dockett had made a comment reflecting reluctance to tolerate or accept Rams defensive end Michael Sam or any other gay player, actions possibly would have been taken.  It’s a balance the NFL and its teams will have a hard time striking, if teams like the Dolphins will continue to discipline players like defensive back Don Jones for things said on Twitter about Sam.

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77 Responses to “Darnell Dockett makes stir with O.J. comments”
  1. rbanks51 says: Jun 22, 2014 1:31 PM

    I had to unfollow him a long time ago.

    Good football player, but he has to be one of the dumbest people walking this earth.

  2. alshonbrandontandem says: Jun 22, 2014 1:33 PM

    Dockett, congrats on being the biggest idiot of the week.

  3. wilson1914 says: Jun 22, 2014 1:34 PM

    I remember the Danny Kanell radio interview where he had a few things about Mr. Dockett when they were in college at FSU that were quite funny!

  4. goraidersgospurs says: Jun 22, 2014 1:34 PM

    Free the Juice Man!!!

  5. i, flounder says: Jun 22, 2014 1:34 PM

    its just an old chris rock bit he’s plagiarizing unsuccessfully.

  6. vwbrown19 says: Jun 22, 2014 1:39 PM

    Dockett is an idiot yes but the OJ Simpson trial like the George Zimmerman trial was a travesty of justice in both cases murderers were set free.

  7. shian11 says: Jun 22, 2014 1:40 PM

    I find it odd that a lawyer would state someone is guilty of murder in part because he was found liable in a civil court. Obviously the burden of proof in a civil court is more like the burden of proof needed to base a public opinion.

  8. surfinbird1 says: Jun 22, 2014 1:46 PM

    Classy guy. If he has a “she” she better have eyes in the back of her head with this turd.

  9. packhawk04 says: Jun 22, 2014 1:47 PM

    If you werent talking about murder, what is it that you “cant blame oj” for?

  10. themeccalambeaufield says: Jun 22, 2014 1:51 PM

    Uneducated athletes and twitter not a very good combo.

  11. Spymaster Belichick says: Jun 22, 2014 1:52 PM

    Six rings.

  12. pensacolavolfan says: Jun 22, 2014 1:53 PM

    You give an idiot a stage and an audience this is what you get.

  13. jacobslatter says: Jun 22, 2014 1:55 PM

    Darnell needs to sign a prenuptial agreement if he gets married. If he already is married then he needs to put lotsa $$$ in a Swiss bank account or in the Cayman Islands. Cashbox Dockett.

  14. mp4philly says: Jun 22, 2014 1:56 PM

    This may be unpopular but OJ was found innocent. Soooooooo…

  15. mrwalterisgod says: Jun 22, 2014 2:03 PM

    Darnell Dockett: One of life’s biggest losers.

  16. jvkaimak says: Jun 22, 2014 2:04 PM

    OJ was innocent??? Yea Ok. Just like these media jokers aren’t overblowing changing the Redskins name. It’s not racist. Hail to the REDSKINS!

  17. jjb0811 says: Jun 22, 2014 2:08 PM

    Great, so the NFL has to be fine w/ referencing murder but if there is an anti gay tweet then bring down the hammer?

  18. irishdodger says: Jun 22, 2014 2:09 PM

    Free O.J.!!!*

    *with the purchase of a dozen donuts

  19. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 22, 2014 2:09 PM

    It seems to me the only plausible and practical way for O.J. not to be responsible for the murder, or hiring somebody to participate, would be if his son committed the crime. If that was the case then it’s not unreasonable to see all of O.J.’s actions being consistent with trying to protect him and keep the attention on himself and in such a way that eventually would never fully add up. Two years ago a private investigator cashed in by writing a book based on this theory.

    Although I also don’t know why it’s not possible for a person to use extra small gloves despite them not fitting well. The gloves looked like they fit really well to me. Not sure why you would even be opposed to using the wrong sized gloves if you intend to commit a murder.

    If the crime is sloppy, your plan must be sloppy.

  20. metrocritical says: Jun 22, 2014 2:15 PM

    Classic example of an inarticulate brute, all brawn and no brain. Too dumb to understand how dumb he sounds.

  21. vaughnjoe says: Jun 22, 2014 2:17 PM

    Oh Darnell, ya big dummy

  22. 700levelvet says: Jun 22, 2014 2:19 PM

    Man the NFL is full of morons… Seriously

  23. 5to46hawkfan says: Jun 22, 2014 2:32 PM

    Just because the president, who is also a POS, stood up for the idiot Zimmerman defended himself against… Doesn’t stand up to the reality of what transpired

  24. realitycheckbaby says: Jun 22, 2014 2:34 PM

    Seems to me OJ was found innocent.

    “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”

    Quite possibly the best known, if not best, line from any trial at least of our time.

  25. qdog112 says: Jun 22, 2014 2:34 PM

    Not the smartest thing to say, but factually correct. OJ was found not guilty. This verdict was controversial and flatout wrong in the yes of many. If we can’t accept the verdict, at least respect it and let it go.

    OJ was hunted down, until they got him. He’s in prison and the world is a safer place. It’s hard to reject the OJ verdict yet accept Zimmerman and balance of racial tinged verdicts throughout the years.

    Sometimes they get it wrong, as evidenced by the “Innocence Project”.

  26. rdrfan says: Jun 22, 2014 2:35 PM

    If these so called reporters would just throw their mics away it would solve so much BS that’s going around these days.

  27. sportsfan18 says: Jun 22, 2014 2:36 PM

    If the crime is sloppy, your plan must be sloppy.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Nope, not at all…

    Many times plans are just fine…

    It’s the execution that is sloppy many times…

    Have a great plan that would have worked had the execution been better.

    Can’t say that if the crime IS sloppy, the plan MUST be sloppy.

    It is that way sometimes, but NOT always…

  28. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 22, 2014 2:38 PM

    Man the NFL is full of morons… Seriously

    After viewing your post here and on the asteelers thread

  29. curbprophet says: Jun 22, 2014 2:40 PM

    oh joy ! that attitude, and this guy is armed to the teeth , lovely combo…

  30. 2difshoe says: Jun 22, 2014 2:45 PM

    goraidersgospurs says:
    Jun 22, 2014 1:34 PM
    Free the Juice Man!!!

    ====================================

    Yeah, and then let him date your sister or niece.

  31. goodtogo28 says: Jun 22, 2014 2:45 PM

    i’m sure ray rice and greg hardy know where he was coming from. oj was a wife beater and abuser even before the murders went down. maybe the ignorant and reversed racists should go back and hear the 911 call and see the nicole brown’s battered and bruised pictures in the year leading up to her murder to get a clue. dockett just needs to shut his pie hole.

  32. bleedrangerblue says: Jun 22, 2014 2:45 PM

    Just another dumb person running his mouth.

  33. truths4all says: Jun 22, 2014 2:46 PM

    Only in the NFL can you get away with endorsing murder, but get holy hell when express your PERSONAL opinion against the gay lifestyle.

    In the NFL, the tail wags the dog. Just as Obama and his wife (as well as Harry Reid and dork senators from the Socialist Republic of California) tells everyone he is the greatest president ever in the history of the US.

  34. obamareallysucks says: Jun 22, 2014 2:46 PM

    can you say black racist?

  35. mburkett1980 says: Jun 22, 2014 2:47 PM

    You must’ve missed the part where it was Nicole Brown who purchased the gloves as well as the part where a racist cop plead the 5th when asked if he planted the DNA evidence.

  36. blackbug99 says: Jun 22, 2014 2:47 PM

    Is the “Off-season” over, yet :)?

  37. cuda1234 says: Jun 22, 2014 2:48 PM

    So you can talk about killing your wife but not about being uncomfortable being forced to get naked with gays and not about keeping Magic Johnson away from your under-aged girlfriend?

  38. obamareallysucks says: Jun 22, 2014 2:48 PM

    time to boycott minority racist enterprises.

  39. thelastwordyaheard says: Jun 22, 2014 2:48 PM

    he’ll be dead broke & in prison within 5yrs.. book it

  40. luz56 says: Jun 22, 2014 2:49 PM

    I’ve spent time in many a dressing room in the CFL and NFL and can tell you about 30% are idiots … Give them millions of dollars and then get fans and media worshiping them. …this is what you get

  41. Cortez>Sapp says: Jun 22, 2014 2:53 PM

    Not guilty is NOT the same as Innocent. Some people aren’t smart enough to know the difference.

  42. akboot says: Jun 22, 2014 2:55 PM

    And yet some people wonder how these complete buffoons go broke so quickly after retirement. This should put all questions to rest.

  43. bearclaw69 says: Jun 22, 2014 3:01 PM

    Not hard to figure out, folks. If you tiptoe around saying a word or phrase that MIGHT offend someone just so that you won’t, it’s called PANDERING.

  44. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 22, 2014 3:04 PM

    You must’ve missed the part where it was Nicole Brown who purchased the gloves as well as the part where a racist cop plead the 5th when asked if he planted the DNA evidence.

    The part I missed was OJ’s in depth search for the..ah ..the ah…real killers. The jury was not of his Brentwood peers but his Watts peers. Sounds fair to me …right?
    Docket is not the sharpest tool in the box what do you expect. He is a product of his upbringing.

  45. butchvapor says: Jun 22, 2014 3:05 PM

    If he was trying to be funny, and play off of Chris Rock’s old joke, then he picked up the fumble and ran it into the opposing teams end zone. Dockett would have been better off using Earthquake’s joke about losing half in a divorce. It’s funnier, and doesn’t need murder to makes it’s point.

  46. realfootballfan says: Jun 22, 2014 3:12 PM

    It’s amazing to me that people still think Simpson murdered his wife. He was definitely there that night and I don’t know if he was involved although I doubt it, but did some of you actually see Nicole Brown’s autopsy photo and how brutally she was murdered? Her head was literally nearly chopped off and Goldman was stabbed several times in the feet while trying to fend off the murderer. There would have been a whole lot more of his blood at the scene and their blood on him if he actually was the one who did the killing, not droplets. OJ, probably a bad guy, but bad guy doesn’t mean murder. There are numerous holes in an OJ as a murderer theory and although it was unpopular, the jury got it right. What’s amazing to me is that smart people ignore this and continue peddling the remote but sensationalistic OJ murder theory. He definitely did the wrong thing that night when he came across the bodies and left without calling the police, but that still doesn’t make you a murderer. Not only was there a serial killer who fits the profile for the murder in prison right now (his brother actually has told LAPD that he thinks he did it), but also there is a compelling documentary pointing to OJ’s son, Jason, as the killer since OJ inexplicably lawyered him up the next day, not himself. Now, why would he have done that? Do your research people if you’re going to talk about this case. It’s not hard to find.

  47. pw1265 says: Jun 22, 2014 3:18 PM

    ok, cue the idiot alert for Darnell!!

  48. gammynomnom says: Jun 22, 2014 3:20 PM

    In Docketts case, I don’t blame Riley Cooper. Not gonna
    explain what I mean by that.

  49. Nofoolnodrool says: Jun 22, 2014 3:22 PM

    It’s amazing to me that people still think Simpson murdered his wife. He was definitely there that night and I don’t know if he was involved although I doubt it, but did some of you actually see Nicole Brown’s autopsy photo and how brutally she was murdered? Her head was literally nearly chopped off and Goldman was stabbed several times in the feet while trying to fend off the murderer. There would have been a whole lot more of his blood at the scene and their blood on him if he actually was the one who did the killing, not droplets. OJ, probably a bad guy, but bad guy doesn’t mean murder. There are numerous holes in an OJ as a murderer theory and although it was unpopular, the jury got it right. What’s amazing to me is that smart people ignore this and continue peddling the remote but sensationalistic OJ murder theory. He definitely did the wrong thing that night when he came across the bodies and left without calling the police, but that still doesn’t make you a murderer. Not only was there a serial killer who fits the profile for the murder in prison right now (his brother actually has told LAPD that he thinks he did it), but also there is a compelling documentary pointing to OJ’s son, Jason, as the killer since OJ inexplicably lawyered him up the next day, not himself. Now, why would he have done that? Do your research people if you’re going to talk about this case. It’s not hard to find.

    Thanks for explaining why he never searched for the real killer. So why did he write his don’t feel sorry for me note? And what about the Bronco ride. Civil trial got it right, but karma put the pig where he belongs.

  50. musketmaniac says: Jun 22, 2014 3:47 PM

    not nearly as offensive, as the hundreds of top players that have made comparisons to going to war or battle.

  51. mysterytonite says: Jun 22, 2014 3:50 PM

    He came across the bodies and left without calling the police? When did he say this? Smart people are not smarter than science. His dna was in the gloves at the scene. Brown’s blood was found on O.J’s socks at his house. O.J.’s hair was found on Goldman’s shirt and his hair was found on the knit cap left at the scene.

    Let’s not even try to remember why he ran from the cops or that suicide note he wrote all screamed of guilt. I’m sorry, but for you to sit there and ignore scientific evidence as well as this man’s behavior is moronic to put it mildly. If you can be so closed minded to think that a bigoted hack detective could have masterminded this whole conspiracy to nail Simpson, then you are a racist hate monger my friend.

  52. cguy7 says: Jun 22, 2014 4:06 PM

    Man this Criminole is dumb…

  53. mrlaloosh says: Jun 22, 2014 4:07 PM

    To all you Mensa members, being found not guilty is not the same as being found innocent. Why do I waste my breath….

  54. pastabelly says: Jun 22, 2014 4:19 PM

    He might be an idiot, but it seemed like a joke to me.

  55. nickster31 says: Jun 22, 2014 4:31 PM

    For his sake, I hope if he ever gets married his wife isnt killed.

  56. billytodd2013blbaad says: Jun 22, 2014 4:51 PM

    umm what part of your tweet can be taken wrong? you said you supported oj killing his wife, kinda hard to take that the wrong way!

  57. bostonfrogs says: Jun 22, 2014 4:55 PM

    Finally: someone Latrell Sprewell can feel superior to.

  58. ravenswhat says: Jun 22, 2014 5:12 PM

    What a complete idiot.

  59. bigcid10 says: Jun 22, 2014 5:18 PM

    we all know OJ got set up .
    he probably owed someone money and he didn’t want to pay

  60. bigcid10 says: Jun 22, 2014 5:19 PM

    OJ and Pete Rose,my two heroes !

  61. 2dimesandanickelback says: Jun 22, 2014 5:34 PM

    Dockett will likely face no scrutiny from the NFL or the Cardinals for his comments, and many would say he shouldn’t. Dockett is on his own time, away from work. If he wants to say something stupid, insensitive, or inflammatory, that’s his right. (And it’s everyone else’s right to point out that he’s being stupid, insensitive, and/or inflammatory.)

    Tell that to Sterling….I’d argue making racist remarks is not as bad as saying you support OJ over murdering his wife.

  62. skins26portis says: Jun 22, 2014 5:56 PM

    OJ was found not guilty due to the incompetence of the LAPD detectives who mishandled the evidence collected from the crime scene. Also the LAPD crime lab also played a major part in the verdict due to their bone headed procedures . The DNA evidence was mishandled and the chain of custody was compromised. You had a LAPD detective who committed perjury on the stand and he was collecting the DNA so that was great. The dream team gave the idiots jury’s enough reasonable doubt not to convict OJ. In this country money can buy your freedom with the right legal defense. Regardless if OJ was guilty or not he is serving 20 years in Nevada for armed robbery. Justice served .

  63. sonnyboychris says: Jun 22, 2014 6:11 PM

    Free OJ lol

  64. fnc111 says: Jun 22, 2014 6:13 PM

    Don’t get married fellas. There, problem solved. Play on players.

  65. eugenesaxe1 says: Jun 22, 2014 6:15 PM

    He didn’t spread his fingers to fail the glove test.
    He was on prescription diuretics, he stopped taking them, and he retained water. Bloated hands don’t fit gloves.

  66. nawlinsmitty says: Jun 22, 2014 7:10 PM

    O.J. Was found not guilty just like George Zimmerman. Get over it.

  67. kyblue33 says: Jun 22, 2014 7:18 PM

    Darnell,Darnell, so many people do not think oj was innocent, but were glad he got off—I wonder why?

  68. profish13 says: Jun 22, 2014 7:21 PM

    mp4philly says: Jun 22, 2014 1:56 PM

    This may be unpopular but OJ was found innocent. Soooooooo…

    ————————————————————-

    He was actually proven not guilty, that’s very different in terms of the law.

    There are plenty of guilty people who get verdicts of not guilty, that doesn’t mean they didn’t actually commit the crime. If only the criminal justice system was as simple as whether they committed a crime or not.

  69. realfootballfan says: Jun 22, 2014 7:22 PM

    mysterytonite ,mysterytonite ,

    You’re like the other guy and cant’ read either. He was obviously there, but can you explain why he wasn’t drenched in blood. I know most of you simply see murders on movies and TV, but actual murders like that cover a person in blood, not just incidentally touch them like OJ had on him. The Bronco sure supports that theory with the droplets of blood in it instead of being covered in it. You mean he managed to shed some hairs at the scene that I think Stevie Wonder knows he was at but he’s some ninja assassin that killed two people, one of who literally nearly had her head chopped off and the other with stab wounds all in his feet as he fought vigorously for his life, but somehow didn’t cut his hand slipping down the knife, didn’t bleed perfusely at the scene like 99% of even hardened criminals do when they kill someone in a rage like that, etc. Ok, that makes sense.

    Also, where did I bring up the bigoted cop? I didn’t care about that when the trial was going on and sure don’t now. He was another one of the buffoons used by the media to further make a mockery out of that trial, and I doubted he planted anything then and doubt he did it now because it is implausible. Just as implausible as that was, the OJ murder theory is just as implausible when you actually take a look at the facts, which I’m offering you do and then have an intelligent discussion about it instead of ranting and raving like a lunatic about this subject. Initially, I thought he did it too, and it was actual people who I knew from that part of LA who got a different perspective locally from the one most of us did nationally, who told me to take a better look at that case because the national media was ignoring a lot of facts that just didn’t add up to him being the murderer. Lo and behold, it really didn’t fit, the evidence that is.

  70. tuberippin says: Jun 22, 2014 7:51 PM

    “Of course, O.J. wasn’t innocent. He was found not guilty…”

    You understand that in an American court of law, “not guilty” equals “innocent,” right Florio? Most of us are firmly in the “he murdered that woman” camp, but you can’t say “he wasn’t innocent,” because he was found to be NOT GUILTY. It’s a black-and-white decision, not “oh well, he’s not guilty, but not innocent either; court is adjourned.”

    Was it a farce of a trial? Certainly, as most of the “Trial of the Century” court cases in the USA have been for a century. That said, under the eyes of the law, he was found innocent. Ultimately he ended up getting his anyway, so justice was served even if it was twenty years late.

  71. iamhoraceknight says: Jun 22, 2014 9:28 PM

    All this over a Chris Rock joke from 1995 -ish?

  72. ningenito78 says: Jun 22, 2014 11:33 PM

    Darnell Dockett better PRAY nothing happens to his wife anytime soon. Idiot.

  73. delusionalcardsfan says: Jun 22, 2014 11:45 PM

    DD, you are a DEFENSIVE MACHINE! As a person, you seem to have many shortcomings. Please stop shooting off about things you clearly know nothing about. Abe Lincoln said something to the reference of “Better to be thought of as a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.” It’s good advice.

  74. bornahawker says: Jun 23, 2014 12:01 AM

    Very simple, If I had 1-20 million dollars I would NEVER marry some ho’. Use them like they use us. No man is wired to spend his life with a money grubbing hag. Ray Rice is dumb if he marries the hood rat. Wait, I do have 1-20 million dollars and I do use them like the tool most of them use men. Hey Darnell, learn from this! Shake a touch of cash and its like a juicy worm to a large mouth bass! So simple even a college grad like yourself can do it! Take note future MILLIONAIRES!

  75. harveyredman says: Jun 23, 2014 9:20 AM

    luz56 says: Jun 22, 2014 2:49 PM

    I’ve spent time in many a dressing room in the CFL and NFL and can tell you about 30% are idiots …
    ___________________________________

    Only 30%?! Well, the CFL with Canadian players must bring that percentage up. Because Americans as a rule are idiots (just read these comments as proof). Hey you still have ‘Muricans/Morons that think Sadda.m was behind 9/11 and their personal stash of guns would protect them if the Government “came for them”. Stupid is as stupid does tho… By the way, the government has weapons that can vaporize entire communities and leave your clothes intact. I’m sure you semi-auto will protect you against the tanks and drones too. lol
    Muricans have the highest illiteracy rate of any developed nation and get their “facts” from the teevee. Most barely make $40k a year living in the richest country in the history of the planet but think Universal Healthcare will turn them to Socialism (of course they don’t know what it means because that would mean tearing themselves away from the teevee to learn. Better just having someone who works for a Billionaire tell them). The country really is a case study for how dumb a nation can become when they are bombarded with propaganda on the “truth” box.

    If there is a stupider nation on earth, I would be surprised.

  76. morr24 says: Jun 23, 2014 12:07 PM

    Surely you were advised to execute an antenuptial agreement.

    tuberippin, in regards to your comments regarding “not guilty” and “innocent”.

    These are actually different concepts. When a jury finds a person not guilty, they are not saying the person is innocent. They are simply saying that the prosecutor did not meet his/ her burden of prove to establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

    BTW, I think these prosecutors did establish his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Certainly his responsibility for the deaths was established by a preponderance of the evidence.

  77. youngman44 says: Jun 23, 2014 6:14 PM

    LOL on the people above (along with Dockett) who say “OJ was found innocent.”

    Juries don’t find a person innocent. They only find them “guilty beyond doubt,” or “not guilty” based on the evidence presented.

    They do not find a person “innocent” – those are two different things. All a jury finds in a “not guilty” verdict is that the evidence presented to them was not “beyond a shadow of a doubt.”

    And it’s 11 subjective people in a trial that focused on racism – a very hot and sensitive topic (which is a problem in the criminal justice system; but it was not the case with OJ). He was hammered in civil court and ruled guilty.

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