O. J. Simpson

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Orenthal James (O. J.) Simpson (born 9 July 1947) is a former professional American football player in the National Football League (NFL). He has also been a sports commentator and actor. He was tried and acquitted for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, but in a later civil lawsuit was found liable for their wrongful deaths. In 2007, he was arrested for an attempted robbery in Las Vegas.

In 2007, Simpson published a book titled If I Did It which describes his relationship with his ex-wife and then describes the murder in a purportedly fictional manner. Many have taken this to be a fictionalised confession by Simpson – after civil proceedings, the rights to the book were transferred to the Goldman family and it has been republished with the subtitle "Confessions of the Killer".

Simpson was jailed in 2008 for 33 years, after being found guilty of armed robbery and kidnapping, following a gunpoint hold-up of a sports memorabilia auction at a Las Vegas casino hotel room.[1] He was released on parole in 2017, then aged 70.


  1. O. J. Simpson given lengthy sentence, BBC, 6 December 2008. Retrieved on 2 August 2013.