NFL star-turned-criminal O.J. Simpson is a free man in 2018, having been granted parole in July and released in October after serving nine years in prison for his role in a 2007 armed robbery. Still, he remains a cultural pariah, since some people remain convinced he committed the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. (He was acquitted in the criminal trial, but found liable in a subsequent civil trial.) Understandably, the former running back is keeping a low profile these days.
Before O.J.’s release, attorney Malcolm LaVergne detailed his post-prison plans. “He wants to go to Florida, he wants to see his family and hug his family on the outside of prison,” LaVergne told ABC News. “He wants to eat seafood; he wants to eat steak. He wants to enjoy the very simple pleasures that he hasn’t enjoyed in nine years. I spoke to him. He’s going to get the latest iPhone … So he wants to enjoy those very simple pleasures, and he wants to do that in Florida.”
In December, TMZ spotted the 70-year-old out and about in Las Vegas, celebrating his daughter Arnelle’s birthday. He said he had just put in his vote for the Heisman Trophy (he's eligible to participate being a former winner himself).
And though he owes millions of dollars as the result of the civil trial — as much as $58 million, in fact, according to Reuters — he can still enjoy a comfortable retirement, Money reports. That’s because he’s earning up to $42,000 a year in Social Security, anywhere from $125,000 to $300,000 per year in NFL pension, and an additional pension from the Screen Actors Guild — and creditors can’t touch pensions or Social Security benefits.
O.J. at his parole hearing in July. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Of course, O.J.’s low-key lifestyle could change if he signs on to do a reality show — which some industry insiders expect. After all, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson was a huge hit for FX, so TV viewers may want to check in with the real “Juice.” But a reality show would be a risk for both producers and networks. “The danger of trainwreck shows is that you’ve got to watch out for the train because it will run you over,” one reality producer told The Hollywood Reporter. Proceed with caution, Hollywood honchos!