O.J. Simpson Granted Parole: Media Figures, Hollywood Stars React
The NFL star will receive an early release from prison, where he's serving time for his role in a Vegas sports memorabilia heist.
O.J. Simpson was granted parole on Thursday after serving roughly nine years of a 33-year conviction for kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges related to a sports memorabilia heist in Las Vegas.
The former NFL star and accused murderer, who was acquitted of killing ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and friend Ron Goldman in a trial that captivated the country's attention more than 20 years ago, could be released as soon as Oct. 1
The Nevada Board of Parole hadn't even made its decision when public figures from the entertainment industry and news media started weighing in on Simpson's hearing, which began around 1 p.m. ET and lasted more than an hour.
Many urged Simpson and his attorney, who offered extended statements, to stop talking. Simpson's comment about living "a conflict-free life" also received some surprised responses. After the board reached its decision, a unanimous one to grant him parole, more public figures weighed in.
Read on to see what the stars are saying about Simpson.
Where ya'll watching the OJ Hearing? Best Buy? Target? I'll be Sears w/ my feet propped up eating a Popeyes biscuit.— Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi (@roywoodjr) July 20, 2017
They're about to send OJ back to jail just to get him to stop talking.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) July 20, 2017
OJ Simpson: "No one has ever accused me of pulling a weapon on them."— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) July 20, 2017
Some questionable judgment on OJ's part. An inch away from parole yet still litigating the crime. Antagonizing parole board?— Savannah Guthrie (@SavannahGuthrie) July 20, 2017
OJ talking too damn much!! #OJSimpsonParole— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) July 20, 2017
OJ says he took class "Alternatives to Violence" in prison-bet Nicole & Ron wish he would've taken that class 25 yrs ago. #OJSimpsonParole— Gretchen Carlson (@GretchenCarlson) July 20, 2017
I don't like that they're showing OJ's parole hearing on national tv. It just feels off.— deray mckesson (@deray) July 20, 2017
"I've led a conflict free life" - OJ. (Cut to 911 calls of Nicole Brown Simpson pleading for help)— Savannah Guthrie (@SavannahGuthrie) July 20, 2017
OJ has no alcohol or substance abuse problem & has never had conflict or anger issues……….. (Hov voice) ok.— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) July 20, 2017
OJ stfu and say you'll pay 3500 dollars .— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) July 20, 2017
Wtf is oj doing? Is he trying to make sure it's really close? #OJSimpsonParole— Dan Abrams (@danabrams) July 20, 2017
OJ testified that he has led a "conflict free" life, and he is a convicted wife-batterer (as well as, uh, a murderer).— Jeffrey Toobin (@JeffreyToobin) July 20, 2017
Let’s be real, OJ is in prison now for killing Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman. Because of that I thought they’d never let him out.— Touré (@Toure) July 20, 2017
OJ, being a gr8 representative of a prison, isn't a compliment or something you should boast about. WTF!!!— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) July 20, 2017
OJ: "lived a conflict-free life"--but we heard Nicole's 911 calls, the baseball bat through her car windshield.— Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) July 20, 2017
OJ gettin out y'all! OJ GETTIN OUT! #Again— David Alan Grier (@davidalangrier) July 20, 2017
It's crazy that this generation will only know OJ as an armed robber and not for the thing he's most famous for, murder. #OJSimpsonParole— Rory Albanese (@RoryAlbanese) July 20, 2017
#OJSimpson has the entire airport at a standstill. It's like the 90's no one is moving. I think some are willing to miss fights.— Tamron Hall (@tamronhall) July 20, 2017
We most hope that our president gives into the urge to tweet about OJ.— Frank Rich (@frankrichny) July 20, 2017
Now at last he's free to find the REAL memorabilia thieves.— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) July 20, 2017
Some of you are HEATED that OJ has been granted parole, but seem to have accepted that George Zimmerman is a free man. #Fight4Justice— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) July 20, 2017