25 Years After Murders, OJ Likes His Vegas Life

He's keeping a relatively low profile in new home city
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 10, 2019 8:19 AM CDT
'Life Is Fine,' Says OJ, 25 Years After Murders
This June 6, 2019, photo shows O.J. Simpson in his Las Vegas area home. After 25 years living under the shadow of one of the nation’s most notorious murder cases, Simpson says his life now is fine.   (AP Photo)

After 25 years living under the shadow of one of the nation's most notorious murder cases, OJ Simpson says his life has entered a phase he calls the "no negative zone." In a telephone Interview, Simpson tells the AP he is healthy and happy living in Las Vegas. After his 2017 release from prison in Nevada, where he served nine years over a robbery-kidnapping conviction, many expected Simpson to return to Florida. But friends in Las Vegas persuaded him to stay there, and he's glad he listened. "The town has been good to me," Simpson said. "Everybody I meet seems to be apologizing for what happened to me here." Simpson is among the most sought-after figures in town for selfies with those who encounter him at restaurants or athletic events he attends occasionally.

He plays golf almost every day and said he is a member of a club of "retired guys" who compete with each other on the golf course. His knees have been replaced, and he had Lasik surgery on his eyes. But nearing his 72nd birthday, he is otherwise healthy. His parole officer has given him permission to take short trips including to Florida where his two younger children, Justin and Sydney, have built careers in real estate. His older daughter, Arnelle, lives with him much of the time but also commutes to Los Angeles. "I've been to Florida two or three times to see the kids and my old buddies in Miami," he says. "But I live in a town I've learned to love. Life is fine." June 12 will mark 25 years since the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. (His post-prison life hasn't been entirely without controversy.)

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