O.J. Simpson sentenced; is this karma?

Today O.J. Simpson was sentenced to at least fifteen years in prison. He could serve up to thirty-three years but could be eligible for parole after nine years for his participation in the 2007 raid and robbery of sports memorabilia from two collectibles dealers.

There’s an old saying “what goes around comes around”. Is this karma coming back to Simpson or was he truly innocent back in 1995? Let’s take a look back.

O.J. Simpson was once considered a great football player. People respected him, kids wanted to be like him and fans adored him. He had quite the life. Simpson was considered one of the most famous football players of his time. That all changed in 1994 when he became the prime suspect in the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman. The murders outside Ms. Simpson’s home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles were brutal, savage and deplorable. They were so violent that Ms. Simpson was nearly decapitated during the vicious attack.

Through it all, O.J. Simpson insisted that he was innocent and in 1995, after a phenomenal trial that kept America glued to their televisions and radios, he was acquitted. The Goldman family filed a civil suit against Mr. Simpson and the outcome of this trial was much different. Simpson was ordered to pay $33.5 million in damages to the Goldman family but they haven’t been able to collect to date.

What is karma anyway? It is defined as “the cosmic principle according to which each person is rewarded or punished in one incarnation according to that person’s deeds in the previous incarnation.” Can one experience karma for past deeds, both good and bad, within the current lifetime? I believe you can. I also believe that you can experience “instant karma”. For example, you do something bad and immediately something bad happens to you. Say you mouth off to a waiter who is doing his best to serve your table, but you’re in a bad mood or are acting like you’re better than the waiter (maybe you really think you are) and then you go to drink your beverage but choke and spill it all over your brand new shirt – instant karma that you deserved – maybe if you’d been nicer you wouldn’t have choked and ruined your new shirt.

So is this karma for Simpson? We’ll never know because the truth behind those 1994 murders, even though there is a lot of speculation, is between Simpson and God. The judge said several times that her sentence in the Las Vegas case had nothing to do with Simpson’s 1995 acquittal.

“I’m not here to try and cause any retribution or any payback for anything else,” Glass said.