Now that O.J. Simpson is a free man after serving nine years behind bars for a botched hotel room heist in Las Vegas, those close to the former football legend have said that he will move back to Florida. TMZ founder and managing editor Harvey Levin, who covered Simpson’s acquittal for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, isn’t so convinced.
“I think he’s staying in Las Vegas,” Levin said on the latest edition of The Jim Rome Podcast. “I think he’s probably going to have a more normal life and one with less controversy in Vegas, because a lot of it is transitory, where you have a lot of visitors coming in and out. So it’s not like, ‘Oh God you’re moving into my neighborhood,’ because a lot of these people are tourists. And I think he probably does better with that than residents, because there was some talk in Florida that there would be a problem.”
Simpson hasn’t formally filed papers requesting to move to Florida yet, a move Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi publicly spoke out against. But with Simpson’s acquittal in the Trial of the Century garnering a television series on FX and an Oscar-winning documentary, Levin also thinks the disdain for the 70-year-old has dissipated with time, especially after serving nearly a decade in Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada.
“It’s been twenty two years since the murders. And he’s also done nine years,” Levin said. “So for a lot of people they think, okay, he served time, even though it wasn’t for that—even though it really was for that. And it’s been a long time. There’re probably a lot of people have no concept of what happened with Ron and Nicole, they’re just too young. And if you’re 30-years-old or younger, you have no idea.”
Levin even hinted at what for a long time seemed impossible.
“I think he’s going to have a pretty normal life,” Levin said. “And in some ways, some adulation because he’s a famous guy, he’s a famous football player. He’s a celebrity, and he loves that—so I think he’s going to do okay there.”
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