O.J.Simpson told state parole officials before he was released in October last year that he would move from Nevada to Florida. Now, he says he has no plans of fulfilling such plans.
Simpson’s lawyer said on Thursday that the former football hero and acquitted murder defendant and armed robbery inmate has no intention of moving to a different state since he has not filed paperwork with parole officials.
Attorney Malcolm LaVergne confirmed that Simpson has no plans of returning to Florida since “he’s very much enjoying his time in Vegas.” LaVergne said that the former top athlete is having a good time playing golf every day this month.
Simpson has been seen in public around Las Vegas several times during the more than three months he has been staying in a friend’s five-bedroom home in a gated and guard-patrolled community several miles (kilometers) from the Las Vegas Strip.
He was spotted on January 7 at a Las Vegas bar and pizza shop during an NFL playoff game featuring one of his former teams, the Buffalo Bills. He drew a crowd who went up to him to have their selfies taken with the once famed sports hero.
He was also seen in November in a steakhouse and a lounge at the Cosmopolitan resort which ended in conflict after officials ordered him off the Las Vegas Strip property and blocked him from coming back. His lawyer denied that he was intoxicated at that time or that he exhibited unruly behavior. LaVergne instead wrote a letter to hotel officials on December 29 alleging that the incident was a malicious and racially prejudiced effort to humiliate Simpson and put in jeopardy his parole status.
Florida prisons spokeswoman Ashley Cook said that her agency has not received any documents from the camp of Simpson requesting for interstate custody.
A Nevada state parole and probation officer handling Simpson’s case has not commented on the issue.
Simpson has since his release from prison earned almost eight months of good time credit. He bumped up his expected release from parole to January 18, 2022, from the original September 29, 2022.
He was released on parole on October 1 last year. He spent nine years in prison for leading five men, including two with guns, in a September 2007 confrontation with two sports collectibles dealers at a Las Vegas casino hotel.
Simpson defended that he only wanted to get back personal mementos and items stolen from him following his acquittal in Los Angeles in the 1994 murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.
In 1997 he was found liable for the killings and ordered by a California civil court jury to pay $33.5 million to victims’ families. Goldman’s father is still trying to collect payment from Simpson and his lawyer said at this point, Simpson owed the elder Goldman nearly $71 million.
LaVergne said his client has no intention of paying Goldman since he only earns a modest NFL pension.