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O.J. Simpson Joins Twitter With A Promise To ‘Set The Record Straight’
O.J. Simpson has already racked up more than half a million followers since making his Twitter account.
“I got a little getting even to do.”
So says O.J. Simpson in a new video announcing his decision to join Twitter.
The former football pro — who was infamously accused of murder — joined the social networking site over the weekend, with his first post being a video shared Friday that offers potential followers a run-down on what they can expect from his new account.
“Hey Twitter world, this is yours truly,” Simpson says in the 22-second video. “Coming soon to Twitter, you’ll get to read all my thoughts and opinions on just about everything.”
“This’ll be a lot of fun,” he said later, before suggesting that he plans to also use his account for “getting even.”
Simpson confirmed that the new page is indeed his official account in a brief interview with the Associated Press on Sunday, where he reiterated that it will be “a lot of fun.”
“I’ve got some things to straighten out,” he said, but did not elaborate on what he was referring to.
Simpson has attracted more than 650k followers since joining Twitter.
Simpson went from being a celebrity athlete to an alleged murderer when he was accused of brutally killing his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, on June 12, 1994. Following a trial that captured international attention, he was famously acquitted of the crimes, though the families of the victims won a wrongful death suit against him in 1997.
Simpson did go on to serve time behind bars, however; he was convicted of multiple charges, including kidnapping and armed robbery, after trying to steal sports memorabilia in 2007. He was released on parole in 2017 after serving nine years.
As the 25th anniversary of the deaths of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman approached, Simpson, who now resides in Las Vegas, told the Associated Press that “life is fine” and that he and his children, two of whom he shared with his ex-wife before her death, choose to “focus on the positives” in life.
The families of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman said that adjusting to their deaths is still hard, even 25 years later.
“I don’t suffocate in my grief,” Kim Goldman, Ron Goldman’s sister, told the Associated Press in an interview marking the anniversary. “But every milestone that my kid hits, every milestone that I hit, you know, those are just reminders of what I’m not able to share with my brother and what he is missing out on.”
Goldman’s podcast on the case, “Confronting O.J. Simpson,” premiered last week. The 10-episode series features interviews with those connected to the case, but Goldman told the Los Angeles Times earlier this month that she was never able to arrange an interview with the man she believes killed her brother.
Simpson has yet to call anyone out by name, but in another video posted to his Twitter account over the weekend, the 71-year-old said that he would “challenging” things that are said about him and “setting the record straight.”
“You know, for years, people have been able to say whatever they want to say about me with no accountability,” he said. “But now I get to challenge a lot of that BS and set the record straight.”
“More importantly, I’ll be able to talk about everything, especially sports, fantasy football, and even politics,” he continued, before wishing his “fellow fathers” a happy Father’s Day.
He went on to post a video stating that he's never had a relationship with reality TV star Kris Jenner, no doubt referring to persistent rumors that Khloe Kardashian is secretly his biological daughter.