In an exclusive interview with In Touch, Norman Pardo, who worked as O.J. Simpson's manager from 1999 to 2008 and remained in his circle following his incarceration, said there are people close to the 70-year-old felon who are looking for revenge. “I know this because I’ve talked to some of these people — O.J.’s so-called best friends — and they have their own agenda. Some of them have even told me, ‘We have scores to settle with him when he’s out,’” Norman told In Touch exclusively. “I don’t think he will stay out [of prison] for very long. It’s going to be very hard for him not to be set up to go back.”
O.J. Simpson and his attorney Malcolm LaVergne at his July 20 parole hearing. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
On July 20, O.J. was granted parole. The former football star, who was infamously acquitted of the bloody 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and waiter Ronald Goldman, served nine years in a Nevada prison on armed robbery and kidnapping charges in a sports memorabilia theft-gone-wrong case. “He owes them money. And one of the guys visits him in prison,” said Norman. “This guy thinks O.J. is the father of his young daughter. His whole marriage and everything was destroyed because of it, but O.J. thinks he’s his best friend.” Now that he’s about to be released, his enemies “are getting closer and closer to him,” Norman said. “Me and O.J. got into a fight over these people because I told him, ‘You need to stay away from them’ and he goes, ‘No, no, no, it’s OK, these guys are cool.’ ”
O.J. and Nicole Brown Simpson in March 1994 — just months before her death. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
The terms of his parole, expected to last five years, state that O.J. can’t drink alcohol to excess, use non-prescribed drugs or possess weapons — terms Norman thinks O.J. could easily be set up to violate. “[O.J.’s enemies told me] he ain’t going to be out long, so in my opinion, that means that they are probably going to drop something in a drink, who knows. All he’s got to do is take one bad urine test and he goes back in. It doesn’t take much to send him back,” Norman explained of O.J., who is expected to move to Florida, where some of his children live. “And you don’t get out on probation a second time.” If he violated parole, O.J. would likely have to serve the rest of his 33-year sentence. Norman added, “Being locked up is his worst nightmare. He would die if he had to go back in there. He has to have people around him.”
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