Nearly 25 years after the infamous murder of his ex-wife and her friend, former football pro O.J. Simpson says that “life is fine.”
Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman were killed on June 12, 1994, and Simpson subsequently stood trial for their killings. He was ultimately acquitted of all charges, in one of the most polarizing cases in recent history, and in an interview with the Associated Press this week, he said that what happened in 1994 is something that he and his children don’t dwell on.
“We don’t need to go back and relive the worst day of our lives,” he said. “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.”
While Simpson was not convicted for the murders of his ex-wife and her friend, the families of the victims won a wrongful death civil suit against him in 1997, with a judge awarding them more than $33 million in damages. NBC Los Angeles reports.
Simpson went on to experience even greater legal troubles. After trying to steal sports memorabilia in 2007 — things he described in court as his “personal things” that he wanted back — he was sentenced the following year to 15 years behind bars for charges that included kidnapping and armed robbery. He was released on parole nine years later.
He now lives in Las Vegas, where he plays golf with friends nearly daily and is in good health, the Associated Press reported this week. With the permission of his parole officer, he occasionally visits his two younger children, who work in real estate, in Florida; his eldest daughter lives with him in Las Vegas, according to the outlet.
“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 told the outlet. “But I live in a town I’ve learned to love. Life is fine.”
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