OJ Simpson was released from prison Sunday after spending nearly nine years behind bars for orchestrating an armed robbery. The 70-year-old was released a little after midnight, wearing a baseball cap and long coat. Hours later, reporters caught up to him and the former football player responded.
“Man, how in the … Have you all been … you all stalking me?” he said, in a video posted by the New York Post. He was smiling and laughing but appeared annoyed.
The reporter asked Simpson how it felt like to be out. OJ responsed, “I’m in a car for the last five hours, so how do I know how it feels to be out? ... I’ve been in nowhere U.S.A. for the last nine years doing nothing. Nothing has changed in my life. What do you expect?”
He then told the reporter that where he was going was “none of [his] business.”
“I told him, ‘Don’t come back,’ and he responded, ‘I don’t intend to,’ ” said Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Keast on his prison release. “He was upbeat, personable and seemed happy to get on with his life.”
Simpson spent nearly a decade behind bars. On the night of September 13, 2007, Simpson and a group of men entered a room in the Palace Station hotel of Las Vegas, Nevada. Sports memorabilia dealer Bruce Fromong testified that they broke into his hotel room and stole sports memorabilia at gunpoint. Simpson’s original sentence for the crime was 33 years but he received parole in July, thanks to good behavior.
According to the Associated Press, Simpson will be supervised by Nevada’s Division of Parole and Probation until September 2022.
According to ABC News, Simpson's attorney Malcolm LaVergne stated that upon Simpson’s release "he wants to go to Florida, he wants to see his family and hug his family on the outside of prison. He wants to eat seafood; he wants to eat steak. He wants to enjoy the very simple pleasures that he hasn't enjoyed in nine years. I spoke to him. He's going to get the latest iPhone... So he wants to enjoy those very simple pleasures, and he wants to do that in Florida."
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