O.J. Simpson Believes Colin Kaepernick ‘Made a Bad Choice in Attacking the Flag’

As far as local newspaper NFL writers go, few are as good at what they do as The Buffalo News' Tim Graham. Graham, who spent some time with ESPN, has repeatedly captured important and engaging stories in the NFL cosmos. So it should come as no surprise that he landed the first lengthy interview O.J. Simpson has granted in 10 years.

During the wide-ranging conversation between Graham and Simpson, they touched on just about everything under the sun: his time in prison, CTE, life since he left prison, and more.

Simpson, 70, said he gets a lot of interview requests but “everybody wants to talk about the crap” and outlets want to “pimp” him for ratings. He said he did not watch the recent two-hour FOX special, FX miniseries, or ESPN documentary series about him, and he insisted he is happy with his life.

“I consider myself a retired person,” Simpson told Graham. “I'm totally happy with my life. I've been active my whole life. I had no offseason. Football was the only time I was in one place. I was doing endorsements and running companies. I enjoy my retirement.”

In 2016, Dr. Bennett Omalu, the face of CTE research, said he would bet his license that Simpson has CTE. 

“I get concerned,” Simpson said of CTE. “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. Those days happen when I'm tired.”

Of course, Simpson and Graham also touched on his time at Lovelock Correctional Center, where apparently Simpson played a lot of fantasy football.

“I had four fantasy teams in Lovelock,” Simpson said. “I ran a league; they called it the Champions League. When I first got to Lovelock, there was one, maybe two fantasy leagues. When I left, if there were a thousand guys on the yard, 910 were in fantasy leagues.”

And at one point, Simpson shared his thoughts on Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem throughout the 2016-17 NFL season. Simpson spoke about how he didn't agree with what Kaepernick did.

“I think Colin made a mistake,” Simpson said. “I really appreciate what he was trying to say. I thought he made a bad choice in attacking the flag. I grew up at a time when deacons were in the KKK. I don't disrespect the Bible because of those guys. The flag shouldn't be disrespected because of what cops do. The flag represents what we want America to be.”

Simpson added: “When he did it the first time, I thought, 'Well, you took a gamble, and I give you credit.' But it was him continuing to do it where he made the biggest mistake. I'm a firm believer of doing what you think is right, but I would always stand for the flag.”

There's much more in this fantastic feature, including Simpson's take on Donald Trump as President and his perspective on his playing career. Give yourself 20 minutes and read the full piece here.

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During the most recent stop on his 4:44 tour, HOV paid tribute to Meek Mill by calling out his unjust imprisonment and performing his hit track “Dreams and Nightmares (Intro).” While performing in Meek's hometown of Philadelphia on Friday, Jay told the crowd, “That man is being stomped by the system. That man is in jail for doing wheelies and breaking up a fight.” 

 

Many fans in attendance, in addition to Trey Songz and Yo Gotti, were seen sporting “Free Meek” merch at the Wells Fargo center Friday night. Jay added “Free Meek” before playing the same intro he performed alongside the Philly native during Made in America in September. Similar to the crowd's reaction when Meek surprisingly joined Jay on stage, the Philly concertgoers lost it when Jay brought out the intro to Dreams and Nightmares

 

Tonight was LEGENDARY #FREEMEEKMILL @MEEKMILL

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During his show at the Wells Fargo Center, Jay reminded the crowd of how Colin Kaepernick shed light on the racist institutions that continue to target people of color. “That shit is not about inanimate objects. It’s about people dying. It’s about young people leaving their house and never coming back home. And it’s not a black and white issue. It’s a human issue. Everybody should be fighting that.” HOV has been very vocal about his opinion regarding Meek's imprisonment. In an op-ed he wrote in the New York Times, Jay wrote about the unjust racial prejudices that prompted Meek's sentencing.

You can check out footage from Jay's performance above.

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But the Fox News contributor couldn’t have shared this at the worst time. Kaepernick, who GQ named Citizen of the Year, has since become an inspiration for NFL activism and national anthem protests. And Twitter felt strongly about her attempt of putting down Kaepernick and went in.

Lahren went viral last year for her “Final Thoughts” segment on The Blaze when she vehemently condemned Kaepernick for his message.

“What’s your contribution? Sitting there like a fool? What’s selfish is you, buddy. And what’s your message to black kids, to people of color? That their biggest contribution to justice and self-fulfillment is to parade around with a chip on their shoulder like a victim?

“Colin, how dare you sit there and blame white people for the problems in the minority communities? After all, aren’t you half white? Didn’t two white parents adopt you after yours weren’t willing to raise you? For a racist and horrible country filled with racist and horrible white people, that’s really something, isn’t it?”

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