It may be hard to keep Bill Cosby safe in prison, O.J. Simpson suggested during a recent interview.
One day after Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, Simpson weighed in on the news. While admitting to TMZ that that he “didn’t know anything about the case” because he “didn’t follow it,” and adding that the jury’s verdict should be honored, “whatever it is,” he still believes that prison will be a dangerous place for the disgraced actor and comedian.
“If he goes to prison, I’m sure there’ll be guys protecting him, but they’re gonna have to put him in protective custody ‘cause it takes one nut, you know?” he said.
After a highly publicized trial, Simpson, a former NFL star, was famously acquitted in 1995 for the double homicide of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, though he was found responsible for their deaths in a subsequent civil suit brought by the victims' families. He went on to spend nearly a decade in prison after participating in an armed robbery in 2007. He was granted parole in July during a televised hearing.
“The problem is the nature of the crime, you know,” Simpson said of Cosby’s sentence. “Rapists are frowned upon in prison, but with his health and his age and the nature of the crime, there’s not a warden in this country who wants the responsibility of Bill Cosby.”
Though Cosby was only convicted of assaulting one woman, more than 50 women have claimed in recent years that Cosby sexually assaulted them at some point. Prior to his sentencing this month, his lawyer argued in court that the maximum sentence of five to 10 years in prison that prosecutors sought would be inappropriate for Cosby because of his age and health, CBS News reports. Cosby is 81 years old and legally blind.
It’s an argument that Simpson seems to agrees with.
“I think they should have let him do his time on house arrest,” he told TMZ.
Cosby reportedly began serving his sentence on Tuesday, the same day it was handed down to him, arriving at Pennsylvania’s State Correctional Institute at Phoenix on Tuesday night, CNN reports. Cosby, now inmate no. NN7687, will reportedly have access at the maximum security prison to television and email — and, occasionally, chocolate pudding.
[Photo: O.J. Simpson speaks during his parole hearing at Lovelock Correctional Center July 20, 2017 in Lovelock, Nevada. By Jason Bean-Pool/Getty Images]