Friday, March 05, 2010

Smithsonian Says "No thanks" to Simpson, Found Dead Behind Air and Space Museum

When in doubt, it's hard to go wrong with Orenthal. Just a little filler to tide you over until the CAA Tournament starts at noon.

Smithsonian turns down suit worn by OJ Simpson

LOS ANGELES – What O.J. Simpson wore when he was acquitted in 1995 of murdering his ex-wife and her friend was the suit seen around the world during one of the most watched televised moments in history.

But the Smithsonian Institution, America's repository of historical artifacts, rejected it Tuesday as inappropriate for their collection.

Announcement of the museum's snub came the morning after a California judge approved the donation as the solution to a 13-year court battle over the carefully tailored tan suit, white shirt and yellow and tan tie. The ensemble has been held by Simpson's former sports agent, Mike Gilbert...

...The Smithsonian announced its decision with a terse announcement on its Web site.
"The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History will not be collecting O.J. Simpson's suit," it said. "The decision was made by the museum's curators together with the director."

Gilbert, who has the suit in storage, said he was disappointed with the decision. "Whether we like it or not, it's part of American history," he said. "I'm disappointed that they didn't wait to hear from me and consider my vision of how it should be displayed."

Attorney Ronald P. Slates, who represents Simpson, said he's keeping his client informed about the donation effort. Superior Court Judge Joseph S. Biderman consulted Simpson by phone Monday, then approved Gilbert's plan after Simpson said he would agree as long as no one made any money.

"I'm saddened by the fact that the foremost museum in America has refused this very important item in the history of American jurisprudence," Slates said. "Regardless of one's feelings about Mr. Simpson, his acquittal by a jury of his peers on Oct. 3, 1995 was of great significance and is widely talked about to this day."


Well said, Mr. Slates. We admire your sense of perspective and tenacity in pursuit of justice for O.J.'s suit. We know you won't rest until it joins Monica Lewinski's blue dress in history's walk-in closet.

74 comments:

zoltan said...

Much like the Constitution, OJ's get-out-of-jail suit is a very important item in the history of American jurisprudence.

Dan said...

you can get a replica down at Chess King.

rob said...

chess king deserves an entire post. dan, you wanna make a name for yourself?

zoltan said...

Paci loves Chess King. And Tello's.

TJ said...

Chess King is da bomb.

TJ said...

http://bit.ly/9ITgMp

Dan said...

when i feel i can provide a post that is commensurate with the quality within these walls, i'll give you a shoulder tap, or in your case, a pat on top of the head. how 'bout a post on each of the GTBrs' very first post? what each was feeling as you prepared to press "send" or "submit" or whatever the hell you push when submitting? what was the topic? how did you come upon choosing that topic? highlights in the history of gtb? my thirst for gtb knowledge runs so fucking deep! i want a phd in gtb baby!

TJ said...

Dan, some oldies but goodies can be found here:
http://bit.ly/9D6JmF

Greg said...

Chess King? What about Z. Cavaricci?

rob said...

we've had 1200 posts since that 'best of'. (we went over 1500 this month with very little fanfare. who's in charge of the fanfare? wake the fuck up.) i think we need to revisit that list. dan, there's your thesis.

TJ said...

I thought Dan was working on the Caine–Hackman Theory?

Greg said...

Antonio Cromartie has SEVEN KIDS?! And he hasn't even turned 26 yet.

Mark said...

Fuck Chess King. I much prefer Fashionable Male.

TJ said...

The proprietor of Fashionable Male beat a raincheck into my stomach.

Greg said...

Like the backseat of a Volkswagen?

TJ said...

A quick tally of Cromartie's fathering peers:

*Calvin Murphy: 14 children by nine women
*Travis Henry: 11 children by 10 women
*Jason Caffey: 10 kids by eight women
*Shawn Kemp: Seven kids by six women
*Antonio Cromartie: Seven kids by five women
*Scott Skiles: Possibly eight out-of-wedlock kids

TJ said...

Greg, sounds like his M.O.

rob said...

chris marston, 5 children by the same woman.

TR said...

Cromartie is actually 7 kids by 6 women in 5 states. Get your bastard facts straight, The Teej.

Marls said...

In case the Teej or anybody else would like to join in... around 5 I will be drinking alone to dull the pain of dinner with people I don't want to hang out with. I will be by American U (Where the dinner is) or Union Station.

Dave said...

here is a counter offer:

i will be drinking around four in east brunswick in order to dull the pain of going to see the school play.

what other famous clothing belongs in the smithsonian?

the george bush "mission accomplished" flight suit?

zoltan said...

Swint's "collie" t-shirt.

Michael said...

AWL, zoltron. that was a great t-shirt. the whole family got them.

zoltan said...

Doesn't Larry Johnson have n kids by n-1 women, where n is a number ranging from about 4 to about 10?

zoltan said...

And why is it almost always n kids by n-1 women? Why the single double-dip?

Marls said...

The Teej's Buckwheat shirt was a close second, especially when he used his gut to make Mr. Wheat simulate a sex act.

Marls said...

Twins Z-Man. Then answer is twins.

zoltan said...

Marley Marls is like the Encyclopedia Frattanica. He has the answer to everything.

Marls said...

Not to mention that I am covered in Pleather.

zoltan said...

And you're sold door-to-door with an installment plan.

zoltan said...

The Lions gave Nate Burleson a $25M/5 year contract, $11M guaranteed. After drafting 8 WR in the past 7 years. Including 4 drafted with top-10 picks. JaMarcusian personnel management in Detroit.

rob said...

rough year for uncw about to mercifully come to an end.

TJ said...

Brett Blizzard weeps icy tears.

rob said...

awc

zoltan said...

Speaking of OJ...

http://tinyurl.com/ydp9rku

TJ said...

My Reservoir Dogs t-shirt was also fucking awesome.

Shlara said...

The CAA website is a disaster. Too much crap on there. It's freezing my WORK comupter.

rob said...

my favorite sports rumor of the day: skins interested in rex grossman. the return of spurrier can't be far behind.

rob said...

'comupter'

too...many...jokes.

must...concentrate.

TJ said...

The Panthers cut Jake Delhomme. Well, sure, he blows now. What I didn't fully comprehend was how awful that extension was for Delhomme:

"Five-year, $42.5-million deal after his nightmare six-turnover meltdown against Arizona in the NFC playoffs in January 2009.The deal included $20 million guaranteed, and the Panthers are reportedly having to eat the last $12.7 million of it upon his release."

Shlara said...

Rob, get your mind out of the gutter.

I can't type.
I meant COMPUTER

rob said...

that extension wasn't awful in the least for delhomme.

TJ said...

It sure wasn't...plus, I'm sure Al Davis wants an over-the-hill Delhomme to tutor our boy JaMarcus this year. There's another 8 mil guaranteed for Matt Moore's backup.

rob said...

shlara, how do you know i meant those kinds of jokes? i was talking about typographical jokes. whose mind is in the gutter, again?

Marls said...

Strangely, the random woman sitting next to me on the train (who looks like Matt Guy with long hair) seems disgusted that I am three scotch and waters deep in Philly. I think that is a nice average.

KQ said...

your t-shirt discussion reminded me of a shirt mr. kq recently told me about. it was spotted on a young co-ed:

"i've lost my virginity but i still have the box it came in."

rob said...

again, the ladies endangering g:tb's pg-13 rating.

rob said...

pretty nice day for michael jack - taylor, peppers to the bears.

zoltan said...

I saw a very gay man wearing a t-shirt with a picture of a pinata on it and the words "I'd hit that."

KQ said...

my fave is still the one on the young man i saw at the fairfax fair a couple of years ago - "i'm not a doctor, but i'll take a look."

Dan said...

those are funny. i had one, not sure where it went, that had a pic of Teddy Kennedy and OJ with the caption beneath - Vodka and OJ
and speaking of "the Box" -if you haven't seen that movie, save yourself the time and money - it blows. i give it zero fingers out of a possible fist. get it?

TJ said...

Dan, are you drinking already?

Dan said...

that's a negative ghost rider. not yet. am drunk w/weekend fevah.

Marls said...

Strange...the charm city does not seem that charming as viewed from the train.

TJ said...

Whoops. You just caught a STD Marls.

TR said...

I can't wait for Marls to get bombed and turn into Fred Armisen's character from Euro Trip.

For the 99% of you out there who haven't seen it, it was a tremendously successful brainless movie to watch while brutally hung over one NY Day in the life I used to have before kids.

Marls said...

Chlymidia is not a flower.

TR said...

Senor Swint: Are you a Hobokenian yet? Get ready for some day-drinking on Saturday 4/3: Man U vs. Chelsea at Mulligan's on First. It's one of the 17,000 Irish dives on 1st Ave.

rob said...

ahh, day drinking. i need some day drinking.

Marls said...

I don't think I am swarthy enough to pull off creepy italian guy.

TR said...

Nice IMDB search speed, Marls.

zoltan said...

You're definitely creepy enough to pull off creepy guy named after a fish.

TR said...

Day drinking. Just as fun as night drinking.

rob said...

vcu beats delaware to set up a mason/vcu caa quarterfinal. that's a dandy round of 8 matchup.

mayhugh said...

Dan, what are your "fistable" movies?

TJ said...

"Warlock"...very fistable movie.

Dan said...

outside the usual suspects and the other usual suspects - godfathers, caddyshacks, yada yada, all that is bourne, gladiator, really just about any crowe movie...that boy good! including the recent one with him and decaprio...the spy flick - can't remember name; also that other spy flickw/pitt & redford....good stuff...and of course anything with "The Decorator" Ron Jeremy

mayhugh said...

yeah, I'd fist a good Russell Crowe movie, too.

rob said...

rodney stuckey had a seizure on the bench during the pistons/cavs game. scary stuff.

Marls said...

Tenleytown sucks.

rob said...

well, well, well, danny boy. tribe/dukes for some of the marbles tomorrow night. not too late to catch a flight to richmond.

Marls said...

Louie's rogue. Interesting. Somebody send help if you don't hear from me in 24 hours.

TR said...

"Louie's rogue" is Marlinese for "I'm hanging my dork outside my trousers in public."

Marls said...

I actually call that "Thursday"