O.J. Simpson celebrated his 68th birthday this week from behind bars in Nevada’s Lovelock Correctional Center. And while it wasn’t his alleged murder of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman that put him there, that case was the start of the Hall of Famer’s incredible downward spiral. Here now is a look back at the incident that started it all: The Chase.
June 17, 1994 was a big day in sports. Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Knicks and the Rockets was set to begin. Arnold Palmer played his final round at the U.S. Open. The New York Rangers celebrated their Stanley Cup victory with a ticker tape parade on Broadway. The FIFA World Cup commenced from Chicago. Ken Griffey, Jr. was tailing Babe Ruth’s home-run record. Yet, none of that could eclipse the story of a Heisman trophy winner and Hall of Fame football star by the name of O.J. Simpson.