One enduring myth concerns an incident that allegedly occurred early in OJ Simpson’s career with the Buffalo Bills. He became so infatuated with himself and his ability to run the ball that he boasted one day that he really didn’t need the offensive line to block for him – that he could manage all by himself, he was that good.
The legend goes that during a series of three running plays the offensive line decided to show OJ just how much he could accomplish without their protection. They didn’t block for him, and OJ failed to gain one single yard.
That must be how Ling Wancheng feels, that is if he feels anything at all. Ling was born in China and built a successful business and settled in the United States in the early 1990s. He was protected by the Constitution, and his brother was a good friend and top aide to China’s then-president Hu Jintao. In addition, the US didn’t have at extradition treaty with China. So he was protected, or so he thought.
So he enjoyed life, American style. He played enough golf to get very good at it. He developed a wide network of friends, dressed flamboyantly, and was always the life of the party, to which he was frequently invited. He lived well too, in a gated community in Loomis, California.
And then he and his wife suddenly disappeared.