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OJ Simpson: 'Being a Felon Ain't All Bad'

OJ Simpson: 'Being a Felon Ain't All Bad'

O.J. Simpson attends a parole hearing at Nevada's Lovelock Correctional Center in July 2017 before being released in October. (Jason Bean-Pool/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 08 August 2018 02:16 PM

O.J. Simpson is telling the world via the Internet that "being a felon ain't all bad," after TMZ posted a video on Tuesday of the disgraced football star talking to a friend in a Las Vegas restaurant.

A man recording the video looks into the camera and says, "You know me, all my people is felons."

Simpson gleefully follows, adding, "Come on, Ricky, you know I don't like that s***, but being a felon ain't all bad."

TMZ said Simpson is treated like a celebrity in Las Vegas, "bombarded by tourists and locals who beg for selfies, autographs and high-fives."

Simpson reportedly had pensions worth anywhere from $2-$5 million waiting for him when he got out of prison, money that is out of reach of anyone claiming sources of income such as from his memorabilia sales, appearances, books and other things. 

"He's very much enjoying his time here in Vegas," his attorney Malcolm LaVergne said earlier this year. "It's January, he gets to play golf every day."

For at least the first three months after his release, Simpson had been living in a friend's five-bedroom home in a gated and guard-patrolled community several miles from the Las Vegas Strip.

Simpson had been a regular at the Clique bar of the Cosmopolitan luxury hotel and casino until he got too drunk one night and was banned after being escorted out.

He had become so well known around bars and restaurants on the Vegas Strip that on the night police were called to the Clique he was just referred to by his first name.

"Orenthal is here," the police dispatcher said.

The NFL Hall of Famer was released from prison last October after serving nine years for armed robbery and has been living in Las Vegas. He remains on parole supervision for four more years, can’t drink above Nevada's blood-alcohol limit for driving and must tell the state where he is living.

In 1994 a jury acquitted him in the killings of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and friend Ron Goldman. Fred and Kim Goldman, Ron Goldman's father and sister, have continued to pursue payment of a $33.5 million judgment in 1997 that found Simpson civilly liable for the deaths.

The Simpson murder case returned to the headlines again in March when Fox re-aired his 2006 interview with publisher Judith Regan in which he "hypothetically" talked about how he might have killed his ex-wife and Goldman, Rolling Stone reported.

The Buffalo News reported the interview was meant as an infomercial for the book "If I Did It," Simpson's theoretical recount of the murders. The interview was repackaged in March as "O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?"

Simpson, though, later rejected the notion that the interview was a confession to the murders.

"When people want to make money or get ratings, they're going to pimp me," Simpson huffed to the News about the 12-year-old interview resurfacing. “I know I'm going to get pimped.”

"Listen, if I confessed 12 years ago, you would have heard about it 12 years ago," Simpson added, per the News.

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O.J. Simpson is telling the world via the Internet that "being a felon ain't all bad," after TMZ posted a video on Tuesday of the disgraced football star talking to a friend in a Las Vegas restaurant.
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