O.J. Simpson is opening up about why he joined Twitter 25 years after the murder of his ex-wife in which he was a prime suspect. He also tells us what to look forward to on his new online space.
Simpson, a one-time NFL star and national darling, earned a bad reputation following the killing of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, in the 90s.
O.J. Simpson at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on Dec. 5, 2008. | Photo: Getty Images
Their marriage was reportedly abusive, and there were rumors that the former athlete remained abusive toward Nicole after their divorce, further strengthening the murder allegations.
Simpson was eventually acquitted, only to be sentenced to prison in 2008 on robbery and kidnapping charges. He was released in 2017 after spending nine years behind bars.
The retired running back’s reputation has not recovered from the hits as, despite his acquittal, many still believe he is responsible for Nicole’s untimely death.
O.J. Simpson after a parole hearing at Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada, U.S. on July 20, 2017. | Photo: Getty Images
According to Simpson, his new Twitter account will “set the record straight” on all the wrong things that have been said about him. In a 27-second video posted to the platform a few days ago, he said:
“Hey Twitter world, you know, for years people have been able to say whatever they want about me with no accountability, but now I get to challenge a lot of that BS and set the record straight. More importantly, I’ll be able to talk about everything, especially sports – fantasy football – and even politics.”
“For now, let me just say to my fellow fathers out there: ‘Happy Fathers’ Day,’” he finished.
The video, which has over five million views and 19,000 retweets, is Simpson’s second video since creating his Twitter account.
In a previous one posted on June 14, the former “Buffalo Bills” star said everyone would get to read his “thoughts and opinions on just about everything,” adding that he has “a little getting even to do.”
Simpson’s account, with 632,000 followers, is not verified by Twitter but he recently confirmed its authenticity to The Associated Press. The former football player’s attorney, Malcolm LaVergne, also confirmed the account to CNN.
“Mr. Simpson is the most positive person I've ever met. He's also very well informed on current events,” LaVergne told CNN. “He will not be negative. Nor will he comment on the LA thing. It will be one of the best accounts on Twitter to follow.”
“The LA thing” LaVergne refers to is the unsolved murders of Nicole, 34, and her friend Ron Goldman. The two were found stabbed to death outside Nicole’s Los Angeles home on June 12, 1994. After a much-publicized and televised trial that garnered international attention, Simpson was acquitted in 1995.
In a subsequent civil suit filed by Goldman’s family, Simpson was ordered to pay $33.5 million for the wrongful deaths of both murdered persons. According to The Guardian, most of the judgment has not been paid.
O.J. Simpson & Nicole Brown Simpson pose at the premiere of the "Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Isult" on Mar. 16, 1994 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty images
Simpson has kept a low profile since his release from prison, but with his new Twitter account and several promises to set the record straight, it looks like things are about to change. ,
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