A documentary about O.J. Simpson is being called the greatest thing ESPN has ever done

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ESPN is going to air a five-part documentary on O.J. Simpson in June, and it's already getting a ton of hype.

The series was shown at Sundance this month to critical acclaim. Business Insider's Jason Guerrasio called it "a masterful documentary" with "explosive revelations."

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Freelance writer Chuck Klosterman, who's written for the likes of GQ, ESPN, Esquire, and others, upped the ante of the hype on Thursday after viewing it.

The five-part series doesn't concentrate solely on Simpson's trial. It covers his time at USC, his NFL career, his post-career success, and then, of course, the infamous car chase in a Ford Bronco, his murder trial, and subsequent downfall.

It's received high praise across the board. The Guardian's Brian Moylan called it "captivating"; Variety's Brian Lowry called it a "master opus" in the highly acclaimed 30-for-30 series; Hollywood Reporter's Daniel Fienberg described it as one of this year's "richest entertainment events."

But to call it the greatest thing ESPN has ever done, as Klosterman did, is serious praise. The 30-for-30 documentary series has been nominated for several awards since it premiered in 2009, with it winning "Best Sports Documentary Series" at the Sports Emmys in 2014.

We haven't seen any of the series, but the anticipation for it's June premiere is growing.

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A documentary about O.J. Simpson is being called the greatest thing ESPN has ever done

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Brandon Marshall

- Arrested on charges of assault on a law enforcement officer in 2004
- Arrested on suspicion of domestic violence against his girlfriend in 2007
- Charged with misdemeanor battery in Georgia in 2008
- Arrested in 2009 for disorderly conduct while fighting with his fiancee
- Accused of hitting a woman in New York in 2012

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Adrian Peterson

- Pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charge of reckless assault against his four-year-old son

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Terrell Suggs

- Allegedly threw a soap dispenser at his then-girlfriend in 2009
- Accused of attacking his then-girlfriend in 2012

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Fred Davis

- Accused of assaulting a woman in 2011

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Adam 'Pacman' Jones

- Cited for misdemeanor assault in October of 2006
- Part of a shooting and multiple assaults at a Las Vegas strip club in 2007
- Accused of hitting a woman at a strip club in Georgia in 2008

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Albert McClellan

- Charged with battery and simple assault with threat or intent to do violence against his girlfriend in 2012

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Bruce Miller

- Accused of assaulting girlfriend in 2015, later reduced to a charge of disturbing the peace

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Chris Cook

- Accused and acquitted of strangling his girlfiend

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Courtney Upshaw

- Charged with third-degree domestic violence in 2009 alongside his then-girlfriend. Charges were later dropped.

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Dez Bryant

- Charged with a class A misdemeanor domestic violence charge for hitting his mother

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Dorial Green-Beckham

- Accused of pushing a woman down the stairs

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Justin Cox

- Arrested for domestic violence in 2015

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Leroy Hill

- Arrested on suspicion of domestic abuse after allegedly hitting his girlfriend in 2010

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Phillip Merling

- Charged with aggravated battery against his pregnant fiancee in 2010

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Quincy Enunwa

- Accused of assaulting his girlfriend

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Randy Starks

- Charged with domestic assault in 2006

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Robert Sands

- Charged with assault in the fourth degree in a 2013 domestic violence incident

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Rodney Austin

- Charged with assault against a female and a child under 12 in 2015

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Santonio Holmes

- Arrested in 2006 for domestic violence and assault. Charges were later dropped
- Allegedly threw a glass at a woman outside an Orlando club

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Tony McDaniel

- Charged with domestic battery against his girlfriend in 2010

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Maurkice Pouncey

- With his twin brother, allegedly assaulted and harassed several people outside a Miami club

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- With his twin brother, allegedly assaulted and harassed several people outside a Miami club

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