It was jarring to realize that he was 70 — jarring even for the chair of the parole board, Connie Bisbee, who early on noted that he’s “currently 90 years old” before jokingly correcting herself. And, of course, Simpson chuckling right back.
But there he was, far closer to the end than to the beginning. The sight of his eldest daughter Arnelle, tearfully speaking on behalf of his family to support him, was additional living proof. She and her brother Jason were toddlers when he played for the Bills, children of a wife, Marguerite, who is practically forgotten now. They were young adults when he was on trial for killing Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
That case was a factor this time only because the not-guilty verdict meant he had no prior convictions the parole board could hold against him. Of course, it was the elephant in the room.
It’s the elephant in his life. Everything he’s been and everything he’s done, before and after, gets viewed through that prism, forever.
In McFadden’s case, it was his off-field behavior at the University of Arkansas more than a decade ago that drew the types of negative headlines Elliott is receiving because of actions, both alleged and documented; actions like pulling down a woman’s top at a St. Patrick’s Day parade and getting charged with driving 100 miles per hour (Elliott is appealing the ticket). McFadden was involved in two fights at nightclubs during his time with the Razorbacks and was named in multiple paternity suits.
It wasn’t just NFL teams that were worried about the people McFadden was associating with socially, or whether he could avoid some of the temptations that can lead professional athletes astray.
Having accepted an invitation to attend the 2008 NFL Draft, McFadden met privately Wholesale NFL Jerseys China with NFL USA Basketball Cheap Jerseys commissioner Roger Goodell at league headquarters before he was picked by Oakland.