September 20, 2007
O.J. has a date with karma
By JODY VANCE -- Sun Media
Back behind bars and, of course, crying foul, O.J. Simpson better have some cash stashed somewhere -- he's going to need it for yet another slew of legal bills.
Nailed with no fewer than 10 felony charges in Las Vegas after an alleged armed robbery in Sin City last week, he could again face life in prison.
His story is that a memorabilia collector had items belonging to Simpson and he "just wanted to get my stuff." Simpson explained that he took matters into his own hands because he doubted the police would ever be willing to help him.
That's not a huge stretch; he's probably right, but he didn't need a cadre of alleged thugs brandishing one or more weapons.
The math here adds up to this: The Juice might just get squeezed this time around.
Vegas police have reacted so strongly to this situation, that it smacks of revenge rather than justice.
No, no - I am not defending O.J. but I must point out that this feels a little like a Super Bowl where officials blew a call early and are now looking for a makeup call late in the game.
It is a little embarrassing to admit that part of me is hoping the charges stick on a man who has, in the past, been legal Teflon.
The sight of Simpson being paraded around in shackles seems somehow just, even if we all know that he has the right to a fair trial -- and might not get one, as many feel he deserves to be in jail for past crimes.
Each time I begin to feel a bit sorry for the guy, I recall his promise to "leave no stone unturned in the search for Nicole's killers."
Funny how he has managed to find no leads on the golf courses of Florida.
Yes, I am ready for my e-mail in-box to fill with those who believe in O.J.'s innocence -- bring it on. I'll read them all and you have every right to your opinion.
In my opinion, karma has caught up with a man who may have just lived his ninth legal life.
-- Jody Vance is a longtime sportscaster and personality with Leafs TV. Her columns appear Tuesdays and Thursdays in 24 hours.