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.
via: Getty ImagesAs 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.
The first thing I want to set straight is this story Pardo (who was not my manger) is talking about all over the me… https://t.co/Pfxy0ADECX— O.J. Simpson (@O.J. Simpson)1560735908.0
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.
via: Getty ImagesYou 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.
via: Getty ImagesAccording 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
That's where @KillerOJSimpson comes in.One of many O.J. Simpson parody accounts, @KillerOJSimpson tweets as a version of O.J. Simpson who is really feelin' his murderous self. This parody version of O.J. is just like, "yeah I murdered Nicole, and it's funny!" (Oh, I forgot to mention at the top but there are no heroes in this story.)
O.J. took exception to the account (even though it's not, like, a great Twitter).If you're a public figure, I can one hundred percent understand being upset by Twitter accounts that — even jokingly — claim to be you and then highlight your worst qualities. But this Twitter account? This Twitter account is trying to score free Crazy Bread from Little Ceasar's, which I think costs US $0.05.
In any event, O.J. fired off a DM.@KillerOJSimpson posted this video showing off his DMs, and one of them came from the real O.J. himself. It read, “Delete this account or I will have my lawyer remove it for false misleading content I didn’t post."
Of course, @KillerOJSimpson didn't acquiesce.Now, I'm no lawyer. In fact, I dropped out of law school faster than any other law student in the history of Harvard. It's true! They gave me a certificate! But I do believe that parody is covered by US law, so as long as @KillerOJSimpson is stating clearly in his Twitter bio, as he does, there's not a lot O.J. Simpson could legally do. (The key word there is "legally.")
So O.J. escalated.After @KillerOJSimpson kindly explained the parody law to Simpson by saying, "welcome to Twitter bruh," O.J. responded, saying, “Like I said, delete this ‘Parody’ account as you call it or face serious consequences by me. I’ll find your a** one way or another so don’t mess with me. I got nothing to lose. Grow up."
And O.J. wasn't done!
via: Getty ImagesThis is where it starts to get scary. Accused murderer O.J. Simpson DMed @KillerOJSimpson again, saying, “You think I’m playing? Tired of all your bullsh*t. I WILL FIND YOUR A** AND CUT YOU — Don’t believe me? Just watch and see b*tch." You get that DM from anyone else in the world, and it's easy enough to write off. But from O.J. Simpson? That ish is haunting.
Finally, O.J. sent a message that is just, in context, horrible.
via: ShutterstockThe next DM was just 16 knife emojis and the phrase "You're next." Are you kidding me?! I don't know if O.J. Simpson actually murdered Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman, but this absolutely suggests he killed Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman. If you want people to think you're innocent, O.J., just avoid the topic!