O.J. Simpson has been granted parole after making a plea on live television.
The 70-year-old former football star spent eight years in prison when he was caught attempting to steal some sports memorabilia and mementos he claimed belonged to him. The reason why the theft was taken so seriously was because Simpson was armed.
In his on-air plea, Simpson insisted that he was only trying to retrieve property that rightfully belonged to him and he never intended to use the weapon that was on his person. He also insisted he never pointed the gun at anyone during his attempt, nor did he threaten anyone with the weapon, something Bruce Fromong, one of the men Simpson accosted with the gun, corroborated.
"I've done my time. I've done it as well and respectfully as I think anybody can," OJ said.
The parole commissioners granted Simpson the four votes that were necessary for him to make parole.
Contributing to his case was his oldest child, Arnelle Simpson, who testified on behalf of her father, saying, "We just want him to come home, we really do."
OJ's daughter might actually save him, cause he certainly wasn't helping himself with all that talking— BlackSportsOnline (@BSO) July 20, 2017
Twitter was quick to pull up some of the funnier moments from the hearing, like when a parole officer told him he was going to get the same hearing as anyone else. Simpson was reluctant to believe that.
Other people felt like they traveled back in time.
All US networks are carrying OJ Simpson's parole hearing live. It's like we're living in a 1990s turn-back-the-clock retrospective show— Anthony Zurcher (@awzurcher) July 20, 2017
imagine going back to 1994 & telling people we'd be watching OJ's parole live, & that the guy who made a cameo in home alone 2 is president— David Mack (@davidmackau) July 20, 2017
Many pointed out that one of the parole officers could've been trolling Simpson with this Kansas City Chiefs tie.
Someone had inaccurately read Simpson's age as 90, and the Juice had a joke for that, too.
There was also a moment during the hearing where Simpson was asked to give his account of the robbery, and to say that the former football standout was rambling would be an understatement.
They're about to send OJ back to jail just to get him to stop talking.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) July 20, 2017
And of course, the 1995 trial came up.
OJ told his 1995 acquittal will not factor into this parole hearing -- despite public sending 100s of letters saying it should be a factor— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) July 20, 2017
Simpson also talked about how he reformed while in prison.
He even went on record saying that he realized he was a good guy.
But a lot of people weren't having it.
OJ is giving this panel every reason to drop him back in prison. No remorse, just justifications--still a sociopath. Unreal.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) July 20, 2017
Simpson: "I'm not a guy who has lived a criminal life. I'm a pretty straight shooter."— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 20, 2017
Throughout the hearing, Simpson wasn't afraid to make jokes about himself, either.
"I could easily stay in Nevada, but I don't think you guys want me here," OJ says to gales of laughter from the parole board.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) July 20, 2017
Ultimately, Simpson was granted parole, which means he'll be eligible for release come this October 1st.
O.J. Simpson has BEEN GRANTED PAROLE. All four commissioners agree.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 20, 2017
The board still has to decide whether or not Simpson will be released when that time comes, however.
You can best believe all media outlets are setting up calendar alerts for October 1st right now. (h/t abc chicago)