“We can’t ever do that kind of thing again,” he said about the way we’d argued the N-word. “This shouldn’t be your issue. Let these white people get up there and argue about Fuhrman. OK?”

“I can’t do that,” I said, staring forward.

“Why not?”

I wasn’t going to be limited by my race and I told him so.

“Just don’t put him on,” Cochran said.


The show condenses two exchanges — Simpson blowing up at Darden, and Cochran offering Darden advice — into one tense incident in Simpson’s backyard. The setting for Cochran’s words are wrong, but the words are essentially accurate, according to Darden’s account.

Episode 5, called “The Race Card” and directed by John Singleton, may feel when you watch it like the least believable episode of “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” because there are so many stunning and dramatic moments. (We’ve done three different O.J. Fact Checks on it, as many as in the rest of the season so far combined.) But the representations are mostly quite accurate.

As we previously reported, the show did change the facts around one incident somewhat significantly, though not in an unfair way. The most surprising parts of the episode are all based in fact.