O.J. won’t be welcome at USC

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame is willing to roll out the red carpet for Hall of Famer O.J. Simpson. The University of Southern California won’t be.

“Right now with USC, what the administration and the athletic department have said is, no, O.J. will not be a part of our functions,” Trojans coach Clay Helton said Thursday, via ESPN.com. “That’s been the statement.”

Simpson is due to be released from prison on October 1. As noted by Arash Markazi of ESPN.com, USC continue to display Simpson’s retired No. 32 at home games, along with a copy of his Heisman Trophy.

So why will the Pro Football Hall of Fame allow him to come to the annual enshrinement ceremony? It all goes back to the misguided notion that status as one of the all-time greats in football should be confined only to what happens on the football field, without regard to anything the player has done in any other setting. This approach, which routinely is defied by human nature when it’s time to cast secret ballots, leads to periodic awkwardness for the Hall of Fame and its voters.

There may be annual awkwardness in Canton if Simpson decides to dust off his gold (tan) jacket and start showing up at the enshrinement ceremony.

21 responses to “O.J. won’t be welcome at USC

  1. The NFL let Vick come back. they let the Rams player who killed a person in a DUI case come back. They’ve let plenty of bad people comeback and earn family fortunes. So why not OJ? Love seeing USC is fine using his awards for their promotions but he still can’t come back. I hope he sues the university like the Ohio state guy is doing.

  2. The killer awoke before dawn, he put his boots on
    He took a face from the ancient gallery
    And he walked on down the hall

  3. araidersfan says:
    Jul 28, 2017 8:03 AM
    Since Simpson is no longer rich and became out-of-shape in jail, I doubt that the USC coeds would pay attention to him now anyway.
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    Living on a $300,000.00 a year is not exactly what you can call poor. Not sure how many coeds would be attracted to a 70 year old…..

  4. “It all goes back to the misguided notion that status as one of the all-time greats in football should be confined only to what happens on the football field, without regard to anything the player has done in any other setting.”

    Misguided notion? Are you kidding me? It’s about time people started drawing the line about what is and isn’t acceptable anymore in society. He kills two people, (yeah, yeah, court found him innocent), goes to jail for 9 years for another crime, and none of that matters? Oh, I guess the line would be drawn then if he becomes, let’s say, a terrorist and goes into a nightclub and kills 50 people? But I guess he’d still be welcome “without regard to anything the player has done in any other setting,” right?

  5. Lawrence Taylor is allowed back without question. Face it, the NFL has a history of people not being saints of the field. Its kind of the nature of the sport.

  6. USC allowed him on the field/sidelines before he went to prison, but not Reggie Bush. Ironic. Now all of a sudden he is to not be invited anymore. The USC marketing team is really on it. SMDH

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