Forget about Puerto Rico in a shamble, people without water or electricity.
Cast North Korea and Kim Jong-un aside.
After all, hydrogen bombs aimed at us shrink in importance when compared with OJ being released from prison.
He is a free man, again, but with restrictions, we are told by prison authorities and law enforcement officials.
The man got away with murder and captivated the nation with this theft of justice so many years ago returns to his uncertain future.
Our future with OJ is also uncertain — except the best might yet be to come.
Nine years he’s been gone from us.
Nine years without OJ’s blusters and lies; now he is back.
This very popular likeable monster so capable of bluster and smiles who most likely slaughtered his wife and a another man, and got away because the glove didn’t fit.
That was then. This is now.
OJ was convicted on armed robbery and kidnapping charges in 2008 and sentenced to 33 years in prison in 2008 for his involvement in the taking of sports memorabilia (which allegedly once belonged to him) from a Las Vegas collector in an armed standoff.
He faces parole supervision for another five years.
With these official words our world has gain been changed or compromised or both.
“The Nevada Department of Corrections, in an effort to ensure public safety and reduce the potential for incident, released Orenthal James Simpson #1027820, on October 1, 2017, at 12:08 AM from Lovelock Correctional Center,” Nevada Prison officials wrote.
Simpson first rose to fame in the NFL, playing as a running back with the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers during the late 1960s and 1970s. He later moved into acting and worked as a sports commentator on shows including Monday Night Football.
Then he became a murderer and perhaps the most famous celebrity of his time in America, of any time, defending himself in a California court before the cast of characters who tries to put him away.
Most of us were in a different place in our lives and much much younger when OJ took us all for the televised ride of our lives on the LA Thruway.
With 100 or so police cars chasing him as he sat on the floor of his white Ford Bronco driven by his best friend and former teammate Al Cowlings, the event was broadcast all over the world — the ultimate American Tragedy unfolding before us.
The rest is history, stale history that is.
OJ’s effect on us as a television-viewing nation changed our world.
The Simpson verdict was the third most “universally impactful” televised moment of the last 50 years behind the September 11, 2001, attacks and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, according to a survey by Nielsen and Sony.
After the 2-hour chase ended with Simpson nearly collapsing into the arms of police after surrendering, the police found stashed on his friend $9,000 in cash. Inside the Bronco, they found a fake goatee and mustache and a bottle of makeup adhesive and receipts from a beauty store, along with Simpson’s passport and a gun.
OJ said he wasn’t running away.
The rest, as we say here in this nation of laws and contradictions, is history.