That after nine years in the Nevada State Prison for armed robbery and kidnapping.
The prison decided to release him after mid night so there would be less media around.So he was set free after all the paper work after 3 a.m.
Not many were waiting outside for him.
The press was still deeply involved in the nearby Las Vegas Massacre the night before, so that further diminished interest in his return to the real world.
We all know the story…
Simpson’s criminal escapades sparked arguably the biggest media sensation of the last century – at least from a criminal trial standpoint.
The television specials and documentaries were endless after the once popular O.J. was arrested and tried for murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1994.
The so-called trial of the century was televised in 1995 and Simpson was found not guilty.
However by almost any honest judgement he was clearly the killer.
Then in 2007 Simpson was arrested for robbery and kidnapping after breaking into a Las Vegas hotel room with five other men. He was armed and took back some of his valuable memorabilia from people who he felt had stolen the items.
All he had to do was call the police and perhaps accompany them to the hotel to try and get his items back. Instead he acted on it with his paid pals.
Clearly Las Vegas wanted payback for the murders in L.A. and judged O.J. harshly on the case.
Simpson also lost a civil case in 1997 on wrongful death brought by the Goldman and Brown families.
So in the end, O.J. the former NFL mega star and movie star did over 10 years considering that he was in custody in L.A. during his trial for over a year.
OJ is on parole and can’t leave the state of Nevada without permission.
Simpson will do drug and booze tests weekly for the parole folks.
O.J. had a huge drug problem and that is really what led to the murders in Brentwood of his former wife and her friend.
So can he stay drug free for 5 years?
The Florida A.G. is asking the public to report any sightings of Simpson drinking at a bar to the police. So things may not be so easy as some think for OJ. At least at first.
Time may change all that if he behaves for a couple years.
Simpson receives an amazing $25,000 a month pension from the NFL.
He will also get several thousand a year from the screen actors guild on his retirement.
Though OJ is basically broke and lost his home in 2012, he will have enough income to live well all the rest of his life. He can maybe make millions just signing autographs at shows for years to come but the Goldman and Brown Families can grab that dough from their civil case in L.A. So we’ll see.
I worked on the Simpson Story for Hard Copy in the early 90’s.
Why? Because I lived near both Simpson and Nicole in Brentwood. I had met OJ and hung out with him a bit at a few bar openings with my friend Sonny Landham and Marcus Allan in the early 90’s.
I didn’t know him well – he seemed OK at the time, well dressed and the ladies loved him back then. Hell, he stole one of my girlfriends – a Penthouse Pet – for a few nights back in the day.
I knew he was guilty from day one. It was obvious based on his behavior and the early evidence. A very sad tale.
What will happen now?
O.J. for the most part will still be in demand. He’s a celebrity of worldwide fame…albeit for the wrong reasons.
He might even appear in a movie or TV show or two – perhaps a reality show if he can figure out a way to keep the money.
Fame brings attention and money. Is it fair?
Did he pay for his insanity? In some ways yes – in many ways no.
So in the end, what did we get out of all this drama?
We got the old line from my favorite boxing promotor, “Only In America.”