It is being reported that O. J. Simpson might have a brain tumor. It is also reported that the chance of being diagnosed with said tumor has prompted Simpson to write President Barack Obama to secure a pardon for early release. The Inquistr reported Jan, 7 that the fear of his impending death has the former NFL star trying his best to reach a clemency deal before his time runs out.
That is, if he actually has a brain tumor...
It all started with a story in the National Enquirer. An anonymous source told the Enquirer that: "O.J. says his memory is slipping and he gets painful headaches and other symptoms. He began suffering dizzy spells; nausea, lapses in memory - and the frightening symptoms continue to get worse."
According to the source, doctors advised the former football great to take various tests, that Simpson has been putting them off, afraid that what they think could be a life-threatening brain tumor might actually exist. Some have said that if Simpson does suffer from a brain tumor, he may have as little as three months to live.
So on the untested assumption that a brain tumor might exist, O. J. Simpson, who is currently serving a 33-year prison sentence for kidnapping and robbery, has reportedly penned a letter to the president asking for a pardon in order to be treated outside prison walls and at least live out his last days as a free man.
His appeal, in part: "Mr President, I know my life is coming to an end. Please, don't let me die in prison. I feel the end coming. But I don't want to die in prison like common jailhouse scum."
Still, the National Enquirer's unnamed source says that the now 66-year-old Simpson doesn't really care and isn't taking care of himself. (Of course, this seems to be a bit of a contradiction, because if he didn't care, why write the letter asking for a presidential pardon?) It is also reported (via Time magazine) that Simpson's lackadaisical attitude toward his health is only exacerbating his diabetes and high blood pressure. Staying in bed, getting little exercise, and eating snacks high in sugar content are also reported to be part of his unhealthy routine.
There are a lot of "ifs," "mights," and vagueness to the Enquirer's story. Even though some might be quick to discount the report, it must be remembered that the National Enquirer is also known for the occasional investigative scoop, like their work in ferreting out former senator and Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards' mistress and love child (which garnered them a Pulitzer nomination).
But reports like the one in February 2011, where the tabloid reported that O. J. Simpson had been attacked and beaten in prison (a story denied by prison officials), leave every story suspect, at least until corroborated.
The O. J. Simpson soap opera is never-ending. For tabloids like the National Enquirer, he is a story-generating gift that just keeps on giving. Found not guilty in 1995 of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ron Goldman, he has been at the center of one controversy after another ever since -- a virtual tabloid gold mine of prison confessions, future plans, and controversial comments.
But does O. J. Simpson really have a brain tumor? It is difficult to say with conclusiveness.
He might have one. He might not.
And he might also get a presidential pardon. And he might not.
Because the National Enquirer story might be credible. And it might not.
Why question the story? Because an anonymous source can say anything, including unsubstantiated speculative remarks, protected by confidentiality rules by extension of the freedoms of the press. This lends the imaginative ample territory to generate stories. It also allows for attention-grabbing fiction...
Of course, the Enquirer's article could also be completely accurate and the brain tumor story could all be a ruse on Simpson's part to get out of prison sooner as well. His petition to have his sentence overturned due to wrongful conviction in a 2008 Las Vegas kidnapping and robbery was denied in November.
He won't be eligible for parole again for four years.