Proverbs 18:7 ~ A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.

With friends like O.J., who needs enemies? Was I the only one or did you chuckle too, when the Heisman Trophy Honoree O.J. Simpson at his lowest point said the words: “I thought I was confronting friends” in an attempt to explain his criminal actions during his sentence hearing last week.

For real O.J., you were going to see friends with a gun and back-up?

Note to Friends: Friends don’t confront friends with guns!!

The other classic quote of the day was “I didn’t know I did anything Illegal!”

I don’t take any joy in seeing his demise. As a black woman it’s disturbing to see another brother go to jail. At 61 he should be enjoying his grandchildren, golfing with his retirement pals and traveling the world; not starting a 15-year prison sentence.

I’m not so convinced the Judge and others didn’t also see this case as an opportunity to finish what didn’t happen 13 years ago. Judge Glass went out of her way to make it clear she was in no way motivated by the old case against O.J., and while some may want to point fingers at a systematic plot against the black man…the truth is, this time, O.J.’s foolishness was the real problem!

I found myself yelling at the TV, “OJ please shut up, you’re not helping!” In that moment I heard the words of Run-DMC flow through my mind: “You talk too much, you never shut up, I said you talk too much, Homeboy you never shut up!” LOL…

Beyond the counts against him, I believe O.J. also helped to talk himself right into prison and further stacked the deck against himself by insulting the intelligence and career of his judge. She was quite annoyed that he attempted to get on her level with a conversation about legality.

Have you ever said anything so foolish that as you heard the words coming out of your mouth, you wished to God you could quickly pull them back in? I know I have. I have even tried to pretend I didn’t say what others just heard me say, because it was so foolish. Sometimes the foolishness of the mouth can talk us right into more trouble than we can afford.

The above proverb couldn’t be more applicable than it is to this situation. Actually the entire book of Proverbs is a great read, offering simple wisdom for just about every issue under the sun. The proverbial writings offer clear warning for its reader that foolishness can and will lead to ones destruction and demise. Just ask O.J.!

Unfortunately, Mr. Simpson has plenty of time now on his agenda to deal with the foolishness within. For me, I’ll be working on my own mouth and tongue, doing my best NOT to talk myself into any additional trouble. Here’s another Proverb: Silence is Golden!

Najuma Smith is a preacher, world traveler, writer, and proud parent. She currently serves as the full-time Sr. Pastor of St. James AME Church in Los Angeles. Unapologetically saved and full of purpose, she enjoys sharing words of encouragement with anyone who will listen, bringing a fresh look at life in light of the Word of God. Her collection of motivations and observations are exclusive to Urban Thought Collective. Visit her at www.myspace.com/revjuju.

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December 13th, 2008 at 3:35 am CeaseNYC says:


December 13th, 2008 at 8:28 am SERIOUS LEE says:

A minister who quotes Run DMC is my kinda minister.

December 13th, 2008 at 12:44 pm Fanta says:

yea oj can read proverbs all he wants in the clink. he needs to!

December 13th, 2008 at 2:11 pm Regina Holloway says:

I didn’t like the Judge taking her 15 minutes so dramatically, but she didn’t hold a camera to OJ’s nonsense. he needs to sit down somewhere and pray.

December 13th, 2008 at 7:18 pm 1GOODMAN says:

He should have lived a quiet life and at least TRIED to appear like a man who was fasley accused of teh brutal murder of two peopele including his wife who he now had to look the children in the eye about. His behavior after proved his guilt in my eyes.

December 14th, 2008 at 11:03 am kamalp says:

they might as well go on n tho away da key

December 14th, 2008 at 2:39 pm SMARTA$$ says:

Amen to that

December 14th, 2008 at 5:48 pm lilmamma86 says:

damn oj sad day lol

December 14th, 2008 at 8:39 pm nicq says:

dude you should havwe learned after tje nicole incident lol

December 15th, 2008 at 9:44 am just2bee says:

yeah he really put his foot in his mouth his lawyer should have told him to shut up he got what any dumb criminal deserves

December 15th, 2008 at 10:07 am Uni Tee says:

the judge was kinda out for blood though

December 15th, 2008 at 10:17 am Hallow says:

you could not have selected a better scripture for this fool

December 15th, 2008 at 10:30 am culturepop says:

You said it Reverend!
I feel sorry for the guy he’s just so clueless now he’ll spend the next several years trying not to get beat down

December 15th, 2008 at 10:45 am Krista Wills says:

Am I the only one that thinks the brother was set up?
LOL just kidding.I ain’t got to love for him do the crime do the time

December 15th, 2008 at 11:30 am Nigel Wulbrun says:

WOrd up!

December 15th, 2008 at 12:51 pm Nicole Malave says:

This is hilarious poor OJ

December 15th, 2008 at 2:51 pm heatmizer says:

He must feel so stupid and clowned!

December 15th, 2008 at 5:20 pm Jane Kennedy says:

I shouldn’t laugh but this is too funny

December 15th, 2008 at 5:29 pm MR TIBBS says:


December 15th, 2008 at 8:27 pm lolalove says:

He cracked me up in his speech to the judge he sounded so pitiful

December 15th, 2008 at 10:40 pm Victoria Floyd says:

We all say crazy things but I hope we can stop short of doing it in a court of law!

December 16th, 2008 at 12:10 am Nappy Native says:

LOL yes the guy will have plenty of time to consider his words more carefully like explaining to his kids why the hell he’s in this mess!

December 16th, 2008 at 10:19 am Jenafa DuVall says:

LOL he didn’t know it was illegal will be a classic forever! Didn’t know I couldn’t kidnap and hold someone at gunpoint ha ha - Nevada don’t play!

December 17th, 2008 at 11:49 pm daniel says:

O.J. is innocent of these charges. Judge Glass was wrong on this one. Everyone may believe OJ killed his wife and friend but that’s not what this case was about. Shame on Las Vegas.

December 18th, 2008 at 3:27 pm Ken Clement says:

Silence is Golden…

Then there’s always the reliable standby:

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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