The first episode of ESPN’s “OJ: Made in America,” focuses on OJ Simpson’s early years, and only hints at the tragedy to come: and the trial that involved Johnnie Cochran, Robert Shapiro, Marcia Clark, Chris Darden, F. Lee Bailey, Judge Lance Ito, Kato Kaelin, Mark Fuhrman and many more.
He Married His Best Friend’s Girlfriend
Childhood friend Joe Bell recalls how Simpson “stole his best friend’s girl” — convincing his first wife Marguerite to marry him instead of Al “AC” Cowlings.
Cowlings, of course, was the endlessly supportive friend who took the wheel as Simpson fled police in the white Bronco.
“I’m Not Black. I’m OJ.”
Sociologist Harry Edwards — featured prominently in “Made in America” — tried in the late ’60s to get black athletes to take political stands.
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“We were trying to get black athletes to understand they have a role in the current Civil Right movement,” Edwards said. “His response was, I’m not black. I’m OJ.”
Though Simpson was skeptical of the gesture at the ’68 Olympics, one of the jurors in his case — a former Black Panther — raised a fist to Simpson after finding him not guilty of murder. (The moment was dramatized in “The People v OJ Simpson”)
There’s also the story of his first date with Nicole Brown Simpson. She and her friend Ron Goldman were murdered in 1994, and Simpson was acquitted.
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