O.J. Simpson’s lawyer said the former football star isn’t planning to move from Las Vegas to Florida like he told state parole officials before he was released in October from Nevada state prison.
Attorney Malcolm LaVergne said Thursday the 70-year-old Simpson, who is on probation after serving a nine-year prison term for armed robbery, is playing lots of golf and has not filed paperwork to move to a different state.
“Mr. Simpson has no immediate plans to return to Florida,” LaVergne told The Associated Press. “He’s very much enjoying his time here in Vegas. It’s January, he gets to play golf every day.”
A Nevada state parole and probation officer handling Simpson’s case did not immediately respond to messages, and Florida prisons spokeswoman Ashley Cook said her agency has not received documents from Simpson seeking interstate custody.
O.J. in public
Simpson has been spotted in public several times during the more than three months he has been living in a friend’s five-bedroom home in a gated and guard-patrolled community several miles from the Strip.
He drew a crowd of selfie-seekers Jan. 7 at a Las Vegas bar and pizza shop during an NFL playoff game featuring one of his former teams, the Buffalo Bills.
LaVergne denies claims that Simpson was intoxicated or disruptive, and alleges in a Dec. 29 letter to hotel officials that the incident was a malicious and racially prejudiced effort to embarrass Simpson and jeopardize his parole status.
The Cosmopolitan has not responded, company spokeswoman Samantha Grimes said Thursday.
Released from prison
Simpson has earned almost eight months of good time credit since his release from prison, bumping up his expected release from parole to Jan. 18, 2022 from the original Sept. 29, 2022.
He was released to parole Oct. 1 after nine years in prison for leading five men, including two with guns, in a September 2007 confrontation with two sports collectibles dealers at a Las Vegas casino hotel.
Simpson insisted he only wanted to retrieve personal mementos and items stolen from him following his acquittal in Los Angeles in the 1994 slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.
Simpson was found liable for the killings in 1997 and ordered by a California civil court jury to pay $33.5 million to victims’ families.
David Cook, a lawyer continuing to pursue payment for Goldman’s father, Fred Goldman, said this week that with interest accruing daily, the total amount owed his client now is nearly $71 million.
Cook is asking a California judge Jan. 30 to let Goldman claim any money Simpson makes from celebrity appearances or the sale of autographs and memorabilia.
Simpson’s attorney in that case, Ronald Slates, declined comment.
LaVergne denied Simpson has income beyond what he termed a modest NFL pension. He said Simpson has no intention of paying the Goldman judgment.
“He’s publicly said he’s never willingly going to pay them a dime,” the lawyer said. “He doesn’t have any income to pay. This is all about publicity.”
Lavergne added: “Everything going on about Mr. Simpson now is about publicity.”