The '90s were a fascinating time for celebrities — regular people were getting famous for committing bizarre crimes, and the American public was absolutely obsessed. Think about Lorena Bobbitt, who cut off her husband's penis, or Tonya Harding, who hired a hitman to take out her skating rival Nancy Kerrigan's knee.
But the king of bonkers '90s celebrity criminals was O.J. Simpson. In 1994, Simpson was arrested for the murder of Nicole Brown, his ex-wife, and Ron Goldman, Nicole's friend. The ensuing trial was all anyone could talk about in the '90s, dominating TV coverage and tabloid covers.
Of course, O.J. Simpson would famously be acquitted of the murders, walking free in October of 1995. But that doesn't mean his life has been sunshine and lollipops since.
O.J. Simpson is currently out on parole, but his dealings with a Twitter parody account pretending to be him are now threatening to send him back to jail.
O.J. Simpson's life has been a circus since he was drafted into the NFL.O.J. Simpson was an incredible running back coming out of USC, and was taken first overall by the Buffalo Bills in 1969. And while this is practically unheard of in today's NFL, he stayed with the team that picked him for eight years, almost his entire playing career.
A Hall of Fame NFL career would have been enough!The dude was a legit all-timer, being named to five Pro Bowls and NFL MVP in 1973, in addition to winning the rushing title in '72, '73, '75, and '76. The O.J. Simpson story could have — and should have — ended there.
Instead, there was the infamous trial.On June 12th, 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were stabbed to death in Simpson's Brentwood home. After a Ford Bronco chase, O.J. Simpson was eventually arrested for the crime.
O.J. was found Not Guilty.But the jury of his peers decided there was enough reasonable doubt to say he didn't do it. And it's hard to blame them — the bloody glove found at the scene did not fit, ergo they had to acquit.
It is absolutely the thing O.J. will forever be most famous for.The O.J. Simpson trial was maybe the most publicized event in American history. Keep that in mind as you keep reading, because in a bit you're going to hear what O.J. is up to these days. It will blow your mind what he thinks the public remembers him for.
O.J. was defended at trial by his friend Robert Kardashian.As depicted by former Friend David Schwimmer on FX's The People Vs. O.J. Simpson, Robert Kardashian was a member of O.J.'s legal "dream team." He's also the dad of the Kardashians we all know and love from the E! Network.
And since practically everyone's noticed that Khloe Kardashian looks nothing like her sisters...Looking at this gif, I do not think Khloe and Kim are sisters. I could maybe believe them as niece and the aunt who is always living with them off and on because she keeps getting divorced, though.
The longstanding rumor has been that Khloe is actually O.J.'s daughter.
OJ Simpson finally addresses rumours he is Khloe Kardashian’s dad: ‘I’m proud of her’ https://t.co/8jZHtgvzVU https://t.co/tUuzreNnOn— Daily Star (@Daily Star)1560880200.0
(Biologically, of course.)
But O.J. has since shot down that rumor.O.J. Simpson took the time to address the Robert Kardashian/ Khloe Kardashian/ Kris Jenner rumor on Twitter, and unequivocally say he's not Khloe's father. And, I don't know, that's easy to say, but I want to see O.J. take a DNA test... maybe even on Keeping Up With the Kardashians! (Wait, I take that back, I don't want to see that, I actually feel sick when I see O.J.)
O.J.'s life, though, is still wild.You'd think that, after escaping the trial of the century by the skin of your teeth with a Not Guilty verdict, you'd just lay low for, I don't know, the rest of your life? But that's not O.J. Simpson.
O.J. was arrested for armed robbery and kidnapping in Las Vegas.You were hoping he got into building houses for needy families, weren't you? Nah, O.J. Simpson got on the wrong side of the law again in 2007, when he and a group of men broke into the hotel room of a man who sold sports memorabilia and held him at gunpoint. He was arrested and later found guilty of armed robbery exactly 13 years, to the goddamn day, after he was acquitted of the murders of Brown and Goldman.
O.J. was released on parole in 2017.According to The Guardian, one of the four commissioners in charge of granting Simpson parole said he voted the way he did because Simpson was at "low risk to re-offend." Because when you think of O.J. Simpson, the last thing you can imagine him doing is committing crimes.
Since then, O.J. made another huge mistake: joining Twitter.
Thanks to all my new followers. Love learning how to use Twitter. https://t.co/J4JnN59yKl— O.J. Simpson (@O.J. Simpson)1560650400.0
But O.J. doesn't really grasp how the internet works.Not only do most professional athletes struggle with social media — most of them just retweet compliments with the "praise be" hands emoji — but O.J. Simpson is now 71 years old. He is not going to use Twitter correctly.
He seems to think people are interested in him for fantasy football advice.
Hope everyone had a good weekend!!! https://t.co/AN8qY4815I— O.J. Simpson (@O.J. Simpson)1561344654.0