Cuba Gooding Jr. Explained Why He Thinks O.J. Simpson Has CTE Syndrome

Posted On : June 18, 2021
O.J. Simpson; Cuba Gooding Jr. portraying O.J. in the TV miniseries, The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story

Cuba Gooding Jr. may be having some legal issues of his own to deal with at the moment, but a few yeas ago, he had much to say about O.J. Simpson, after portraying him on-screen. In 2016, while promoting the then-new FX series, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Cuba spoke with The Huffington Post to shAre what he’s learned and concluded about O.J.

After doing countless hours of research for the role, Cuba said he learned so much about O.J. and has now come to a conclusion on what he believes about the troubled NFL legend. Cuba thinks O.J. may have the degenerative brain damaging disease, CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), which has recently been brought to light by the recent reality based film, Concussion, starring Will Smith (who portrays forensic pathologist/neuropathologist, Dr. Omalu Bennett).

Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson during a polygraph test scene in FX series, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

Here is what Cuba told Huffington Post:

“Every day [of filming] it was another revelation [about O.J. Simpson]. And I’ve been saying this in the [past] few months and I know that they’re making more announcements about it, but I think that after O.J. passes, if we have the opportunity to dissect his brain, you will find the CTE concussion syndrome. I believe that. You know, if you look at his professional career- he broke records in high school, he broke records in college, winning the Heisman trophy, he rushed for more than 2,000 yards in one season and only six other players have done that. In today’s NFL, which is 16 games per season, he did it in 14 games. The abuse his brain must have taken to achieve these things, I mean there has to be something to be said you know…it’s just so telling to me.”

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story focuses on the case of O.J. Simpson’s trial for the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, which O.J. was found not guilty of. The series will also star Courtney B. Vance, John Travolta, David Schwimmer, and Sarah Paulson. ILOSM fam, do you think Cuba has a point about O.J., or nah?