When I first heard about what had happened, I, like most people, went through denial of it ever happening. Then I realized the severity and nature of what had happened and felt a sense of compassion for both sides.
I still feel that way. You just can’t get over it. You hope there’s an ugly monster out there other than the person they have charged with this crime. And you sit and wait and hope it’s not true…
The thing that really gets me about the media coverage is the fact that there are people who have no compassion, and it shows. It doesn’t say a lot for our society or where we are headed or what we have evolved into when we take a tragedy like this and turn it into a profit.
Or we take tragedy like this and sensationalize it for ratings. I think that’s very, very unfair, not only for O.J., but for the victims and their families as well.
In this society of ours, once there is blood, we can’t help but feed on it. And that’s definitely true in this case because you have so much media coverage…
Like I said earlier, you hope there is a monster out there that they are going to find that committed this horrible crime, and everything will halfway get back to normal.
But even if O.J. is found not guilty, his life will never get back to normal. If he’s cleared of all charges, there are some sick people in this society who will exploit him – to get him to show up at certain functions and the like just to sell tickets or whatever. And because of the tremendous costs he’ll have to bear to get through this, he will have to open himself up to that.
Walter Payton (Hall of Fame football star and holder of NFL Career Rushing) Record Ebony Magazine (September 1994)