O.J. Simpson will spend at least the next nine years of his life behind bars. He was sentenced last week after conviction for a 2007 armed robbery at a Las Vegas hotel.
The Buffalo Bills' all-time running back has been put away. It is time to take his name down from the stadium's Wall of Fame. Many folks, myself included, think he got away with murder after the killings 14 years ago of his ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend Ron Goldman. He was later found responsible in a civil trial. Now he has been convicted of 12 felonies in a court of law.
The man's misdeeds off of the field more than overwhelm his glory on it. Even for older fans, seeing his name on the Wall conjures visions not primarily of his athletic career, but his subsequent life of crime. Younger fans, who came of age long after Simpson retired 30 years ago, simply associate the name with mayhem. His name on the Wall is just another reminder.
--- Donn Esmonde