O.J. Simpson has sued Fred Goldman to prevent Fred from auctioning off the rights to O.J.'s pseudo-tell-all, "If I Did It," for a future book or movie.
Hey, wait, is that backwards ... ? Nope, I guess not. Not so long ago, Fred Goldman -- father of murdered Ron Goldman -- was decrying "If I Did It" as the lowest form of media trash ... and I certainly agreed with him. But now Fred has switched his position ... and so has O.J. Fred now wants it published/produced and O.J. doesn't.
Such an odd world in which we live.
"Our first goal was to make sure the court took away [Simpson's] rights to the book," Fred Goldman told ABC News. "And we've accomplished that. We have stopped him from ever profiting from the book again. The bottom line is that we are taking things away from him, and if I could take every penny in the world from him and leave him homeless on the street, that's what I would do."
Denise Brown, Nicole Simpson's sister, also decried her former ally's plans: "The Goldmans' sudden reversal of positions to justify the auction of these rights … is transparent to their true motive, which is to collect money."
Does O.J. Simpson's book become any less immoral or trashy because Goldman sells it? I don't think so. It'd be marvelous if he'd lock it away and never allow it to see the light of day. But it sure looks like Fred Goldman has succumbed to greed, and that's certainly not an approrpiate epitaph for his son.
But then there's O.J. suing to prevent the auction. Where does he get the money for high-priced lawyers to pursue ridiculous lawsuits? He doesn't own the rights to the manuscript anymore and his say in what is done with it should be confined to letters-to-the-editor, interviews and blogs, not courtrooms. O.J. long ago wore out my tolerance for his behavior. Is it too much to wish he'd just disappear and never be heard from again?