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OJ Simpson CTE: 'Concussion' Doctor Says Former NFL Star May Have It

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O. J. Simpson sits in Superior Court in Los Angeles on December 8, 1994. (Pool/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 29 Jan 2016 02:04 PM

O.J. Simpson may be suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, says the doctor whose work is depicted in the new movie "Concussion" starring Will Smith.

Simpson is "more likely than not," to have CTE, Dr. Bennet Omalu told ABC News.

"I would bet my medical license on it," he added.

Omalu noted that the former NFL running back "was exposed to thousands of blunt force trauma of his brain."

According to Bleacher Report, Simpson is currently serving nine to 33 years in prison for a 2008 kidnapping and armed robbery conviction. Before that, he was famously acquitted of the murder of his ex-wife and her friend Ron Goldman. 

Omalu told ABC that a possible CTE diagnosis does not excuse Simpson's criminal behavior, but said that it's a reminder of the life-altering damage concussions can have.

People magazine explained that, "Those suffering from the disease, which can only conclusively be confirmed after death by testing cross sections of brain tissue, exhibit a wide range of symptoms. These include mood swings, unjustified violent tendencies, domestic violence, criminality, and exaggerated emotional reactions to every day stresses."

"Given his profile, I think it's not an irresponsible conclusion to suspect he has CTE," Omalu told the magazine.

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