Simpson sat down with News reporter Tim Graham in Vegas to discuss his football career, in addition to noting how he mourned his pals Muhammad Ali and Michael Jackson while behind bars on armed robbery charges.
But the once-beloved sports and screen star also referenced memory problems he blamed on CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) — a condition caused by concussions, and which defense attorney Jose Baez blames for the murderous rage of NFL killer Aaron Hernandez!
“That’s my CTE kicking in,” Simpson casually told Graham during a brief memory lapse — but, growing serious, added: “I get concerned. I do recognize that it probably affects you in short-term memory more than long-term. I know with me, I have days I can’t find words. I literally cannot find words or the name of somebody I know. That gets a little scary.”
Simpson also added the believed his close friend A.J. Cowlings also showed symptoms of CTE, adding: “I see he’s short-tempered now.” Jose Baez — who represented Hernandez and “Monster Mom” Casey Anthony — has filed a lawsuit against the NFL and the New England Patriots, saying that CTE drove his former client to end up in prison for the murder of Odin Lloyd.
Close pals of Simpson have also told The ENQUIRER that they suspect jailbird Simpson — who famously beat the rap for the horrific 1994 murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman — may also suffer from CTE, with symptoms including a quick temper and “physical outbursts.”
“If anyone has CTE, it’s O.J. Simpson!” a source told The ENQUIRER. And even Dr. Bennet Omalu — the first person to discover and publish findings of CTE — has said that he’s willing to “bet his medical license” that Simpson suffers from the disease.