Simpson Gift Not Well Suited for Smithsonian

Simpson Gift Not Well Suited for Smithsonian

News story posted in Tangible Personal Property on 3 March 2010| 6 comments
audience: National Publication | last updated: 18 May 2011


The Smithsonian Institution in a two-sentence statement has declined accepting the suit worn by O.J. Simpson on the day he was acquitted of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

By Marc D. Hoffman

The Smithsonian Institution in a two-sentence statement has declined accepting the suit worn in court by O.J. Simpson on October 3, 1995, the day he was acquitted of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

Smithsonian spokeswoman Linda St. Thomas stated the suit is not appropriate for the museum's collection.

The donation stems from an agreement reached on Monday between Simpson, Fred Goldman and Simpson's former sports agent, Mike Gilbert in order to resolve legal issues regarding Simpson's clothing.

In the event the suit was turned down by the Smithsonian the agreement provided it would be offered to another organization. The name of that organization has not been disclosed.

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Alternate location for Simpson's suit

Oh, come on, this one's a no-brainer. No doubt the suit will be accepted by the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, and HUNG alongside the blue dress that Monica Lewinsky couldn't bring herself to launder. Truly a FITTING venue for both articles, n'est pas?

Planned giving discussions

Can we keep the comments relevant to planned giving and fund raising, please? I think the intent of posting this article was to highlight the dilemma that some organizations face in accepting certain types of gifts. I applaud the Smithsonian for their decision, although I think they missed an opportunity to use the press release to talk about staying true to their mission, etc. It is certainly their right to issue a two-sentence press release, but I think it leaves some questions unanswered and allows people to make their own conclusions as to why they refused the donation.

Best place for that suit...

Given the circumstances, I think the best place for that suit is for it to be anonymously dropped off at a not for profit used clothing store with no indication as to who it belonged to.

What organization would take that suit?

Oh my goodness! What other organization would take that suit? I can't even imagine who and what they would do with it. I don't see it as a raffle or auction situation...just too far on the bad taste side of things for any organization to get involved with. David J. Obedzinski Director of Major Gifts, Planned Giving and Campaign Operations- Baystate Health Foundation

OJ should be on Death Row in CA

After the debacle that was The People of CA v. Orenthal James Simpson, he should have faced federal charges of conspiracy in that it was almost certain that the air-phone conversations he had (en route from LA to Chicago) were with A.C. Cowlings on disposal of evidence. Federal prosecutors wouldn't have botched the job.

Where's the gloves?

Maybe the gloves should be in the Smithsonian.

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