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LETTERS

April 28, 1997
April 28, 1997

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April 28, 1997

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LETTERS

Everyone is entitled to his opinion, but Simpson should be
entitled to play a game of golf wherever he wishes, regardless
of public opinion.
KATHY KELLY, Pittsburgh

This is an article from the April 28, 1997 issue Original Layout

GOLFING WITH JUICE

Outrageous! All the great accomplishments occurring in sports,
and you print an article about a man found liable for two deaths
(Need a Fourth? March 31)? You have the indecency to portray
O.J. Simpson as a sad individual who is downgraded to playing on
public golf courses. Congratulations on sinking to the depths of
tabloid journalism.
RICHARD T. CLELAN, Frederick, Md.

When the verdicts were read, I was one of the many who were
appalled. But after reading Rick Reilly's article about Simpson,
I came to the conclusion that we should let the man live his
life. Whether the verdict was believable or not, he has been
acquitted and is again a private citizen who should be allowed
to play golf on a public course.
TYLER ROSS, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Paul Hopps, an assistant pro at a public course, and Nicolas
Beauvy, its two-time (wow!) champion, wouldn't play golf with
O.J.? They should be proud their names appear on the same page
with that of perhaps the greatest college and pro football
running back. While my scores aren't as good as those on the
scorecard pictured, Juice can play in my foursome anytime he
wants.
JIM PETERS, Buffalo

As a physician at Bellevue for 25 years, I was at first insulted
when I read Simpson's comment, "If I didn't have golf, I'd be in
Bellevue." On second thought, we do have a maximum security
prison ward. Give up golf, O.J., your bed is waiting.
ISAAC STEVEN HERSCHKOPF Department of Psychiatry
New York University School of Medicine
New York City

I felt a tinge of sadness as I read the article. In 1958, when I
studied and lived at Yale's graduate school, the consensus was
that black students were to be ostracized. When I ate in the
dining room at the Hall of Graduate Studies, it was just as your
article said about Simpson: Wherever I sat, I couldn't help but
notice that I was, as your story put it, "soon isolated from
other groups." Majorities can wield powerful weapons against
minorities. In Simpson's case, to gloat in the exercise of this
power is unseemly. Majorities are not omniscient. The man was
acquitted. Couldn't the article have expressed one caution,
i.e., that before we treat someone else badly, we had better be
certain we are right?
DONALD R. HOPKINS, Oakland

A 76? Have you seen his swing?
ROBERT K. BROWN, Burnsville, Minn.

We'll compare our Rancho Park Golf Course, the beautiful host
course of numerous Los Angeles Opens, with 90% of the world's
private country club courses. Our $22 greens fee and $1.95
fried-egg sandwiches have encouraged hundreds of thousands of
wannabe Tigers (including Woods himself) to take up the game.
Just ask the golfer who, as PGA Player of the Year, lost an L.A.
Open by scoring a 12 on Rancho's wonderful l8th hole. His name,
on a monument near that tee box, is Arnold Palmer.
STEVEN SOBOROFF, President
L.A. Recreation and Parks Commission
Los Angeles

RELUCTANT FIGHTERS

I thoroughly enjoyed Michael Farber's article on NHL enforcers
and their somewhat misunderstood role (The Worst Job in Sports,
March 24). One man, however, was noticeably absent. Buffalo
Sabres brawler Rob Ray forced the NHL to alter its rule book by
forbidding players to remove their jerseys before the fight
starts. The clamp on topless fighting has been playfully called
the Rob Ray Rule.
GEOFF COONS, Belleville, Ont.

It was sad not to mention those guys who are called on to do the
same fighting in the minor leagues for far less money than
$350,000. Skating with the Mississippi Sea Wolves, of the East
Coast Hockey League, is Kevin Evans, a 12-year vet who is pro
hockey's career leader in penalty minutes with 5,045 in 815
regular and postseason games. Recently, with Mississippi down
2-0 in the third period, his fight woke up the Sea Wolves, who
then scored three goals and skated to victory.
JADY REGARD Director of Marketing, Mississippi Sea Wolves
Biloxi, Miss.

COLOR PHOTO: JOHN FITZHUGH Evans (right) is a big brawler with a small salary. [Kevin Evans fighting with opponent in game]