Incarcerated O.J. throws Super Bowl party
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • February 12, 2013 @ 2:12pm
According to the New York Post and USA Today, former Buffalo Bills running back and NFL Hall-of-Famer O.J. Simpson threw a Super Bowl party in his Las Vegas prison cell during Baltimore Ravens’ conquest of the San Francisco 49ers on Feb. 3.
At the Lovelock Correctional Center outside of Las Vegas, Nev., Simpson—who purchased a TV from the center’s store—invited cellmates into his 80-sq.-ft cell for a chance to watch the 47th iteration of the NFL’s most meaningful game.
“He’s like the Godfather of the prison now,” [producer Norman] Pardo said [to the New York Post] of the one-time NFL great.
I’m sure it will sicken some people to see Simpson experience any kind of satisfaction or luxury in prison, and a lot of Simpson’s recent media exposure has been bizarre. He refused an interview on Oprah, and Pardo, his promoter, is trying to sell a movie, “Unpromotable” about “promoting the most un-promotable man on the planet.”
If you say the name “O.J. Simpson” around Buffalo, you’ll most likely hear two different responses. The pro-Simpson side will point to the former Bill’s Hall-of-Fame career, memories of “The Juice” plowing through defenders and the fact that Simpson was acquitted for double-murder in 1995.
The opposite pole—an audience that, I believe, is much greater in number—believes Simpson’s legacy has been tainted by his connection to the murders of Ronald Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson and 33-year sentence in 2007 for armed robbery, criminal conspiracy, kidnapping and a slew of other charges that he continues to serve. His minimum jail-time is nine years, according to this New York Times report from 2010.