These days, O.J. Simpson is better known for his infamous murder trial in 1994 rather than his illustrious football and acting careers. Despite his acquittal for the murder charges, Simpson still ended up serving nine years in prison for robbery and kidnapping charges in 2008. Since his release in October 2017, O.J. has remained very low-key, and in an interview with the Associated Press, he said he’s officially moved on from the tragedy.
Simpson told the AP that he is healthy and happy, living in Las Vegas. He also stated neither he nor his children want to look back on or talk about June 12, 1994, when his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, were killed outside of a Brentwood home.
He said, “We don’t need to go back and relive the worst day of our lives. The subject of the moment is the subject I will never revisit again. My family and I have moved on to what we call the ‘no negative zone.’ We focus on the positives.”
In regard to his robbery charges, Simpson mentioned that he maintains belief that his conviction and sentence for trying to steal back his own memorabilia was unfair but said, “I believe in the legal system, and I honored it. I served my time.”
After his release from the prison in Lovelock, Nevada, Simpson opted to stay in Las Vegas rather than move back home to Florida and said he’s glad he did. “The town has been good to me. Everybody I meet seems to be apologizing for what happened to me here,” Simpson said.
The NFL legend has had only one incident in Vegas since his 2017 release, and it just so happened to take place at the Cosmopolitan resort. A dispute ensued during a visit to a steakhouse and lounge at the Cosmo, which resulted in Simpson being ordered off the property and prohibited from ever returning.
Healthwise, Simpson said his knees have been replaced, and he recently had Lasik surgery on his eyes. Otherwise, the almost 72-year-old is pretty healthy. He said he is among the most sought-after figures in town for selfies with fans who encounter him out and about at restaurants or sporting events he attends. He plays golf almost every day and is a member of a club of “retired guys” who compete with each other on the golf course.
Simpson said he remains close to his children and his parole officer has permitted him to take short trips, including to Florida where his two younger children, Justin and Sydney live. His older daughter, Arnelle, lives with him but also commutes to Los Angeles.
“I’ve been to Florida two or three times to see the kids and my old buddies in Miami. I even managed to play a game of golf with them,” he said. “But I live in a town I’ve learned to love. Life is fine.”