What's next for OJ Simpson? Convicted NFL star is a 'free man' as parole ends early
Former NFL player OJ Simpson, infamously convicted for a 2008 armed robbery, was reportedly released as a 'completely free man' as his parole ended early. According to a spokesperson for Nevada State Police, Simpson was in fact discharged earlier in December 2021, around two months before his parole officially ended. He was awarded extra credits for good behavior which eventually prompted his early release. Confirming the news, OJ Simpson's attorney Malcolm LaVergne said, "Mr Simpson is a completely free man now."
The 74-year-old former running back for Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers was accused of murdering his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. Though he was acquitted of both the murder charges in criminal court, he was later found guilty of killing both during a civil trial. However, he was sentenced to prison in 2008 not for the murders but for staging an armed robbery in Las Vegas. The ex-NFL star is also notorious for his alleged affair with reality star Kris Jenner, who was a friend of his murdered wife Nicole. Additionally, Jenner's late husband Robert Kardashian was the defense attorney for Simpson in his murder trial.
In 2007, OJ Simpson led a group of several armed men to break into a Las Vegas hotel room. The group stole memorabilia which the player claimed was previously stolen from him. Simpson claimed that he attempted to retrieve the same from the people who robbed him.
After he was put on trial for the armed robbery, Simpson was found guilty and sentenced to 33 years in prison. He has served only nine years of his sentence and has now been declared free based on good behavior. He was originally granted parole on July 20, 2017, and released from prison in October the same year.
While his plans for the future are uncertain, TMZ has discovered that the 74-year-old is maintaining a low-key lifestyle since his early release from jail. He is reportedly spending time golfing and commenting on NFL game updates on Twitter. It is also uncertain whether he will leave Nevada anytime soon now that he is no longer mandated to stay here for parole.
Simpson fathered five children with Nicole Brown and his first wife Marguerite Aaren, among whom four are surviving. They are yet to release any statement or respond to the news of Simpson's newfound status as a 'completely free man'.
OJ Simpson has become an iconic figure in America after his much-publicized 1995 trial that acquitted him of the heinous double murders. In fact, the trial was broadcast live and watched by over 95 million people. Even the 1994 NBA finals coverage was interrupted to televise Simpson's trial. It still remains one of the most publicized and most-watched events in the history of America.