Two media obsessions are about to collide. The mania surrounding the football players taking a knee during the singing of the national anthem has been a thumb in the eye to conservatives. And the media love it.
Then along came O.J. Simpson's parole hearing and his upcoming release. Those two trains have to collide for a wreck that will grab hold of reporters with a strangler's grip.
Simpson will be eligible for release on October 1, although there's no guarantee that's the day he will walk free.
In any event, I predict not 24 hours will elapse from the time he gets out until a reporter asks him whether he would stand or kneel during the national anthem at an NFL game. Simpson had a mixed history with police. They protected him as long as they could. But then he became the suspect in his wife's murder, and that protection seemed to end.
Simpson lived the dream with a big house in a rich white neighborhood. But Johnnie Cochran transformed him into a victimized black for the murder trial, and that was the narrative that got him the not guilty verdict. And now? My guess is he maintain that role and say that he will take a knee for the sake of all the other blacks who have been mistreated by law enforcement.
Editor's note: Maybe then he can finally resume that hunt for the real killer. -- Robo-ed.
1:28 PM 9/29/2017