Truth is, O.J. stopped being Orenthal a long time ago, and he lost most of us around 1994. The fall from grace can be a hard one, especially when you aren’t doing anything to break your fall. Sometimes it is better to board the flight to obscurity instead of trying to make sure the world remembers your name. Had he left that day in ’85, sports announcers would still be talking about his moves on the field instead of all of us shaking our collective heads at the strangeness of it all.
Stephen A. Crockett Jr. is a regular contributor to The Root.