On July 20th, former NFL RB OJ Simpson was granted parole by Lovelock Parole Commissioners; Simpson could be released as early as October 1st. He was sentenced to 33 years in prison for armed robbery charges when him and two other men took items from a memorabilia dealer. Simpson said he was not aware at the time that the two men he took to the hotel room brandished guns. Simpson said he was trying to retrieve what belonged to him.
During a news conference, parole board official, David Smith, cited that Simpson’s positive record in prison, a minimal record of prior convictions, his participation in programs addressing that led to incarceration, and family support as factors of why he was released from prison.
Simpson’s parole expires September 29th, 2022 which means he must spend around 5 years living under the terms of his release. Under the standard conditions for parole, Simpson must go directly to the program approved by the Division of Parole and Probation and report to a supervising officer, according to the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners, and he would have to submit written monthly reports to that officer until his parole ends.
“My experience with him is that he’s like my best friend and my rock,” said Ms. Simpson, 48, who is the oldest of Mr. Simpson’s four children. “I know that he is remorseful, he is truly remorseful.”
On June 12, 1994, Simpson was on trial for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman after they were both found dead outside Nicole’s condominium. He was later found not guilty for those 2 murders. Ron Goldman’s family later filed a civil lawsuit against Simpson, a civil jury found Simpson liable for the wrongful death and battery of Goldman, and battery against Brown.
Simpson was a former RB for the Buffalo Bills (1969-1977) and the San Francisco 49ers (1978-1979). He was a 5x Pro Bowler, a 5x First Team All-Pro, NFL MVP, and NFL Offensive Player Of The Year, among other awards. Simpson was also the first player in the NFL to rush for over 2,000 yards, with 2,003 rushing yards and 12 TDs in a 14 game season.
He was later traded to the 49ers for a series of draft picks before the 1978 season started. In his first season with San Francisco, Simpson rushed for 1,053 yards and 4 TDs. His final NFL game was a 31-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons where he rushed for a 10-yard gain on 3rd and 10. Simpson totaled 11,236 rushing yards, 61 rushing TDs, 2,142 receiving yards, and 14 TDs in his career.
Simpson was also an actor where he starred in a number of TV shows, such as The Naked Gun Trilogy, Back To The Beach, among others. He also worked as a commentator for Monday Night Football and The NFL On NBC. Simpson also hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live during it’s 3rd season.