O.J. Simpson is in the news again. On Friday, Las Vegas police named him as a suspect in an armed robbery. The fallen football star was allegedly part of a group of men who entered a hotel room and took sports memorabilia that once belonged to Simpson. The facts of the incident—including whether or not weapons were involved—are currently being investigated by the police.
So here’s Simpson’s version of the story: He was running a sting operation to retrieve items that were stolen from him. He was in Las Vegas to attend a friend’s wedding, and got some guys he met at a cocktail party to go with him to the hotel room. He says there was no gun and nobody got “roughed up.”
According to a video report on MSNBC.com by Michael Okwu, “O.J. Simpson seems to be saying that none of these reports are true at all, and in fact he is playing the victim to some extent. He says that there was no robbery… He says that this was essentially a sting operation, that he had every right to go back to this place, to these people who were selling his items, items that were stolen from him and his family, in order to take them and do as he sees fit.”
The video accompanying the report shows Simpson smiling and waving. He appears to be mugging for the cameras.
O.J. Simpson, of course, was acquitted of the 1994 murder of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. In 1997, a civil court jury found him liable for the deaths, and Simpson was ordered to pay the families $33.5 million in damages. He has paid very little of the court-ordered judgment.
Now, I see it
There was a time when I would have been mystified by Simpson’s behavior as reported in this story. Yes, Simpson has gotten away with murder in the criminal case, but he’s been found liable for the brutal death of his wife. How could he dare to show his face in public? Why was he drawing attention to himself? Why was he smiling and waving for the news cameras? Why was he granting an interview to the Associated Press?
But that was before my close encounter with a sociopath. Now, after having been married to a man who continually proclaimed his love for me while taking my money and cheating on me, I get it. I understand what Simpson is about. He’s a sociopath, displaying the personality disorder for all the world to see.
Simpson has no shame and no remorse. He wants to be in the spotlight. He feels entitled to take things that he says are his. He says he has every right to do as he sees fit.
This is all so typical of sociopathic behavior. Now, with my eyes painfully forced open, I see it.
There was a time when I thought if I worked hard, did the right thing, avoided the wrong crowd and didn’t walk alone at night, I’d stay out of trouble. There was a time when I thought I could believe a well-dressed, well-spoken man who said, “I love you” and proposed marriage.
A close encounter with a sociopath changes everything.
Now I know that sociopaths come in all demographic shapes and sizes. Now I know that the trappings of responsibility and authority do not necessarily mean that the person should be believed or respected. Millions of sociopaths are out there looking for people to prey on, and that knowledge has changed my view of the world. I recognize that there is a dark side to the human race, a dark side that sometimes masquerades as flattery, concern and even love.
I guess I’ve lost some innocence, but it’s not bad because I’ve found reality. Like when the Wizard of Oz was exposed as a two-bit magician, a great curtain of ignorance has been swept aside. I can’t get O.J. Simpson thrown in jail where he belongs. But I can shed light on what he and others like him are all about. My hope is that by doing so, other people will also be able to spot when these predators come into their lives, before it’s too late.