O.J. Simpson launches Twitter account nearly two years after being released from prison
By Jacob Passy
The infamous NFL Hall of Famer said he had "a little getting even to do" in a video posted to the social networking site
O.J. Simpson is the latest celebrity on Twitter. (TWTR)
The NFL Hall of Famer created an account on the social networking site and has posted a video, entitled "Coming Soon!!!" By Saturday afternoon, Simpson had already attracted over 225,000 followers.
"You'll get to read all my thoughts and opinions on just about everything," the 71-year-old former football player says in the video. ""It should be a lot of fun. I've got a little getting even to do."
Simpson's lawyer, Malcolm LaVergne, confirmed to CNN (https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/15/us/oj-simpson-twitter-trnd/index.html?utm_medium=social&utm_content=2019-06-15T18%3A16%3A03&utm_source=twCNN&utm_term=link) that the account and video are authentic. LaVergne's Twitter profile was one of six accounts Simpson has followed. Others include his son's account and the NFL's official account.
Read more:O.J. Simpson has some timely advice for his old pal and 'fun guy' Donald Trump (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/oj-simpson-has-some-timely-advice-for-his-old-pal-and-fun-guy-donald-trump-2019-02-06)
Simpson's arrival on Twitter comes just after the 25th anniversary of the murders of Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. Simpson was charged with the murders, but was found not guilty in a highly publicized trial that was recently dramatized in an FX mini-series (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/netflix-snags-streaming-rights-to-the-people-v-oj-simpson-2016-07-25). (DIS) Simpson was later ordered to $33.5 million in punitive damages to the Brown and Goldman families in a civil suit.
In 2008, Simpson was sentenced to a maximum 33 years in prison (https://www.cnn.com/2017/10/01/us/oj-simpson-released-from-prison/index.html) for 12 counts including armed robbery and kidnapping for his role in a 2007 robbery at a Las Vegas casino. Simpson was released in 2017 (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/oj-simpson-freed-from-prison-but-unwelcome-in-florida-2017-10-01) after serving nine years in prison.
Also see:O.J. Simpson is out of jail, where he made over $400,000 from his NFL pension (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/oj-simpson-made-over-400000-while-in-prison-and-wont-have-to-give-any-of-it-to-the-goldman-family-2017-07-21)
-Jacob Passy; 415-439-6400; AskNewswires@dowjones.com
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June 15, 2019 16:13 ET (20:13 GMT)
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