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OJ Simpson Seeking Brain Cancer Treatment? Report Says He Wants Clemency

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Tuesday, 07 Jan 2014 02:06 PM

By Clyde Hughes

Does O.J. Simpson have brain cancer? The NFL Hall of Famer and convict has allegedly asked President Barack Obama to free him from prison so he could be treated for the possible condition.

The Huffington Posted cited a story from the tabloid National Enquirer, which was not posted online, that Simpson sought presidential clemency after undergoing a test for brain cancer. 

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Simpson must serve at least four more years of his 33-year sentence before he can ask for parole at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada. Simpson was jailed in 2008 for an armed robbery at a Las Vegas hotel room.

A source told the National Enquirer that Simpson, 66, "put off the doctors for weeks after he first started experiencing the symptoms because he was afraid of what they would find."

The Washington Times noted that Simpson has faced several health ailments since starting his sentence. The newspaper said the former football star and broadcaster is suffering from diabetes, blurred vision, stuttering, and failing hearing. 

In July, the National Enquirer reported Simpson had three months to live after he was diagnosed with diabetes. The tabloid also claimed he is battling "sky high" blood pressure.

"I know I'm gonna die soon," Simpson told a friend in prison, according to the Enquirer. "I don’t care anymore. My life is over. I’m done."

In the same July story, the National Enquirer reported a source said Simpson confessed to murdering his ex-wife Nichole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in what he called an uncontrollable fit of rage.

Simpson told the source, according to the National Enquirer, that he plans "to go out with a big bang" by releasing a confession to both murders when he dies.

Simpson was found not guilty of murdering Brown Simpson and Goldman on Oct. 3, 1995.

Simpson was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1969 and went on to become the first running back to rush for 2,000 yards in a single season and be elected to the Hall of Fame. He built a successful career as a sports broadcaster, pitch man, and actor before he was charged with the murder of Brown Simpson and Goldman.

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