OJ Simpson has been released from prison. As of Sunday, he is a free man.
The 70-year old former football player and actor spent nine years behind bars for a 2008 armed robbery and kidnapping conviction. 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 was 33 years but he received parole in July, thanks to good behavior.
According to 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."
But how easy will enjoying “simple pleasures” again be for Simpson? We’ve outlined some of the obstacles he may face:
1. He may be stuck in Nevada for a while.
Tom Scotto, Simpson’s friend, has offered to have Simpson come live with him in Naples, Florida, according to NBC News.
That move requires an agreement between parole departments in both Nevada and Florida. but Florida has not received any transfer paperwork, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Corrections told NBC. As of Thursday, no documents were reportedly filed. According to an NBC affiliate, the process can take up to 45 days. Given the current state of Florida, post-hurricane, it could possibly take even longer.
2. He may be swarmed by paparazzi.
At least, his lawyer fears that.
"That is a concern of mine, and it really is the ultimate concern of the Nevada Department of Corrections because they’re the ones who are going to have to properly get this thing done with Mr. Simpson," his attorney Malcolm LaVergne said, according to ABC News. "I do believe that all these things are being done for Mr. Simpson’s safety concerns so that we don’t have these chases, we don’t have helicopters and we don’t have all these things."
Simpson was once at the epicenter of one of America’s most famous police chases. How will he react to media now? What about people asking to take selfies with him?
3. He has a lot to learn.
Simpson has a lot to learn about maneuvering in 2017. Will he get a Twitter account? Will the 70-year-old man who has spent nearly a decade behind bars struggle to use Snapchat and the new features on Facebook? Scotto already said that Simpson will not shy away from being in the public eye. Now, we just wait to see how that plays out and if Simpson can do it right.
"We're not gonna hide," Scotto said, according to ABC News. "He's gonna do the same things he always did."
4. He’s probably going to face scrutiny.
In addition to his football and acting achievements, Simpson is also famous for his 1995 acquittal of murder charges in the 1994 deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. Two years later, he was found liable for their deaths in civil court.
Yes, Simpson still has a lot of fans, but many are weary of the public figure. Even after his acquittal, Simpson hosted a reality show where he pranked people. In one episode, he tried to sell someone a White Bronco, which some suspect was him making light of the murder accusations. How will this man who can’t seem to shy away from the spotlight act now, and how will people react to him? How often will he get slammed on Twitter?
5. He will lead a restricted life.
There are conditions on his release. He will be very supervised. He will need to meet with a supervising parole officer on a regular basis and submit monthly reports detailing new developments in his life, Sports Illustrated reports. This will all be new to Simpson. He will have little privacy. He’ll have to allow any “reasonable cause searches” by his parole officer of his body, car and home at any time of the day or night.
He’s also not allowed to have a job, something that may bother someone as ambitious as Simpson.
6. He still owes a lot of money.
Seeing as Simpson was found liable for his ex-wife and Goldman’s deaths, he still owes their families millions of dollars, $33.5 million, to be exact.
The victims’ families only collected a small fraction of that, according to Sports Illustrated. Scotto told USA Today that Simpson has invested $5 million in a private pension and Sports Illustrated reported that Simpson's pension from the NFL could set him up with a $300,000 annual salary.
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