OJ Simpson will confess to murdering Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman—one of these days. At least that's what one of his former friends tells the New York Daily News. "I hope one day he actually will rid us of all the doubt and all the conspiracy theories and say, 'Sorry I cannot go to prison (because of double jeopardy laws), but I am sorry I did it,'" Ron Shipp says. The Daily News spoke to Shipp at the premiere of ESPN's docuseries OJ: Made in America. The 1994 murders and subsequent "trial of the century" have spawned two decades of re-examination and "countless bizarro theories," the Washington Post notes. One theory, which is the subject of the upcoming Martin Sheen-produced Hard Evidence: OJ Is Innocent, says that Simpson's then-24-year-old son, Jason, was the killer.
Such speculation could spur the former football star to confess, Shipp tells the Daily News: "I thought, man, come on Juice, just say, 'My son didn’t do it.'" Shipp, a former cop and sometime actor who testified during Simpson's 1995 trial, says he thinks the confession will come after Simpson—who was found not guilty of the murders but later found liable in a civil trial—is released from jail in Nevada. That may be as soon as next October, per CBS Sports, when he's eligible for parole after being convicted of 10 counts of robbery for stealing memorabilia. "This guy is in total torment today," Shipp says of Simpson. "Deep down inside, he is starting to live with himself." Shipp tells the Daily News that he was on the fence about Simpson's guilt 20 years ago: "I should have known. I didn't really see him at the time doing that because of my love for him." (A lawyer from OJ's "dream team" says he tried on the glove first.)