OJ Simpson's Life After Prison Isn't What It Appears

'Right now, he is out trying to make some new friends, because he needs things'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2017 6:37 PM CST
OJ Simpson's Life After Prison Isn't What It Appears
OJ Simpson arrives for his parole hearing at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev., on July 20, 2017.   (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool)

"He’s a senior citizen, he is enjoying his life, and he’s just breathing, learning to exhale after being in jail for a decade," attorney Malcolm LaVergne says of his client. But others say OJ Simpson, released from prison Oct. 1 after nearly nine years, is wearing a mask to hide serious rage, Variety reports in a look at Simpson's new post-prison life. By all appearances, the 70-year-old Simpson is doing well. He "devoured two combo meals" at McDonald's immediately upon release. He's living in a $1.8 million home in a planned community in western Las Vegas and learning to use an iPhone from his daughter. And he's swarmed for selfies and autographs when he stops by his favorite bar for a martini. LaVergne says Simpson, at first fearing he would be a pariah, "has been blown away" by people's positive reaction to him, comparing Simpson to Donald Trump.

But everything isn't as it seems. That mansion is on loan from a friend, and Simpson's neighbors aren't entirely thrilled to have him around. “Any reasonable person in this country would not want that man in their neighborhood,” one resident posted online. Those martinis could violate his parole, which requires him to stay below a BAC of 0.08. And he's being hounded by debt collectors for the $33.5 million a civil court awarded to the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in 1997. Any new money earned by Simpson—outside his $25,000 per month NFL pension—is subject to collection. And he's already been banned from a Vegas hotel for reportedly being "drunk and ... disruptive." “Right now, he is out trying to make some new friends, because he needs things,” a former manager says. Read the full story here. (More Longform stories.)

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