O.J. Simpson was released today at 12:08 am from the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada. His release comes after the former NFL star-turned-convict served 9 years in connection to a 2007 botched hotel robbery including an armed confrontation.
The prison’s spokesperson, declined to comment on who picked up Simpson, or where Simpson would head now that he has been freed with 5 years of parole.
The prison released a video on social media showing Simpson exiting through an open door. He could be seen wearing a denim jacket, jeans, white tennis shoes, and a ball cap.
Simpson’s highly public friend, Tom Scotto, claimed via text that he was with him after release, but offered no information on O.J.’s whereabouts or his future plans.
70-year-old Simpson has made it known that he wants to return to Florida. His former Miami-area home fell under foreclosure in 2012. Two of his children, Justin and Sydney, reside in Florida as does his friend Tom Scotto.
Simpson’s attorney, Malcolm LaVergne, says he was looking forward to reuniting with his family, eating a steak and some seafood and moving back to Florida. But officials with the Florida Department of Corrections claim they have not received a transfer request or required documents.
Additionally, Florida’s Attorney General said the state doesn’t want Simpson. In a statement on Friday, Pam Bondi said,
“Our state should not become a country club for this convicted criminal.”
“The specter of his residing in comfort in Florida should not be an option,”
The NFL Hall of Famer, former Heisman Trophy winner, spokeperson, and movie star has been in prison since 2008 for his part in a Las Vegas armed robbery. His fall from grace began when Simpson was placed on trial for the murders of his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.
Although O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the murder charges, two year later, he was found liable for the deaths and ordered to pay $33.5 million to the victims’ families.