O.J. Simpson is the media gift that keeps on giving all these decades later. In a new interview with The Athletic he spoke about his legacy and what post-prison life has been like. “A lot of people think of me as a legend,” Simpson told The Athletic’s Tim Graham. “Fame is a weird thing. Doesn’t matter if you’re a good person or a bad person in this day and age. If you’re famous, you’ve got an edge in America. Fame supersedes whether you’re good or bad, and everybody is after the fame.”
Now 74 he talks about how he has fears of going to LA because he might run into the person who actually killed his wife Nicole Brown Simpson. “I have trouble with L.A.,” going on to add, “People may think this is self-serving, but I might be sitting next to whoever did it. I really don’t know who did this.” He says, “I figured eventually somebody would confess to something, you know? I had one suspect I told my lawyers to look at. I still think he might be involved, but I can’t talk about it.”
Also, last year, Simpson had a terrible case of COVID and one he thought he was going to die from. “When I had COVID, I almost couldn’t get out of bed,” Simpson told The Athletic in a new in-depth interview published Friday that also offered fresh comments on the double-murder case he was acquitted of. “I made it to my balcony, trying to breathe. I couldn’t catch my breath.”
“I felt vulnerable and for the first time thought I might be near the end. Since that day, I have wondered. Do I want to be buried? Do I want to be cremated? Years ago, I would have left it up to Nicole because I know she would have done the right thing. I know what I want my kids to do, but I don’t want to discuss it here,” he said.
One thing’s for certain, OJ will always keep the public’s attention. He said so himself. “How many Americans, even today, wouldn’t like to live my life?” Simpson asked while drinking Bloody Mary cocktails and coffee at a Vegas sports bar. “I don’t work. I play golf four or five days a week. I go out to dinner a couple of nights with friends. People want to buy me drinks. I’m always taking pictures with people. Ladies hug me.”
It has been almost 30 years since the murder of of his wife and here we are still discussing OJ Simpson as though it happened yesterday. And as he said, it’s no skin off of his nose because he’s enjoying his life right now.