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April 28, 1997
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
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Everyone is entitled to his opinion, but Simpson should be entitled to play a game of golf wherever he wishes, regardless of public opinion.

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.

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.
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?

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 18th hole. His name, on a monument near that tee box, is Arnold Palmer.
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 breed the NHL to alter its rule look by forbidding players to remove their jerseys before the right starts. The clamp on topless lighting 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.
Director of Marketing, Mississippi Sea Wolves
Biloxi, Miss.