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'Concussion' doctor says O.J. has CTE

Posted at 11:54 AM, Jan 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-29 16:17:19-05

There is a startling new theory that O.J. Simpson suffers from a brain disease from all the hard hits he took on the football field.  

Dr. Bennet Omalu, who is the neuropathologist who discovered the disease named chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), says that he is willing to bet his medical license on Simpson having the disease.

Omalu, whose identification of CTE is depicted in "Concussion" starring Will Smith, made the statements during an interview with ABC News on Thursday.

CTE can only be diagnosed after death and Omalu has never even examined Simpson, who is currently imprisoned in Nevada after being convicted of robbery and kidnapping.

Before the 2007 incident in Las Vegas that landed him in prison, Simpson stood trial for the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman.

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He was found not guilty of their murders, but lost a wrongful death civil suit filed by the families of Goldman and his ex-wife.

Simpson has appealed his conviction in Nevada several times. During one of those appeals, Simpson's attorney filed a sworn statement that his client suffered “numerous blows to my head and/or landed on my head violently” while playing football.

Side effects of CTE include explosive and impulsive behavior, impaired judgment, criminality and mood disorders.