After spending nine years behind bars, O.J. Simpson is once again a free man. The former NFL running back and alleged murderer was sentenced to prison due to his role in a Las Vegas armed robbery in 2007 and was granted parole in July of this year. The reactions at the time were expected, with many questioning what Simpson would do with his freedom and others showing their shock that the former NFL star was exiting prison after serving just the minimum of his sentence.
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) October 1, 2017
While the media was on hand to cover Simpson’s exit from prison, it was without the fanfare that once followed him at the height of his murder trial in the mid-nineties. The 70-year-old walked out of the facility in the darkness, trying to hide his face from the cameras outside with his destination unknown to officials at this point according to the New York Times:
Mr. Simpson, 70, was released at 12:08 a.m. local time from Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada, a state prisons spokeswoman, Brooke Keast, told The Associated Press. Ms. Keast said she did not know who met Mr. Simpson upon his release and did not know where he was immediately headed in his first hours of freedom.
“I don’t have any information on where he’s going,” she said.
People online responded to the released by getting #TheJuiceIsLoose trending on Twitter, including several memes, several Kardashian references, and plenty of references to the murders he was connected to in the ’90s:
OJ Simpson is free from prison after nine years.
— Nick Daisy (@NickdaisyDaisy) October 1, 2017
— Jesse The Great (@jessecamacho214) October 1, 2017
— Cameron Grant (@coolcam101) October 1, 2017
— Smörgåsbord (@_Smorgasbord) October 1, 2017
It will be a missed opportunity if Kris Jenner doesn’t have OJ Simpson on KUWTK. pic.twitter.com/qhbWBTpUyx
— SadAltGrl (@ErinLea7) October 1, 2017
— D.T. (@Darlene26811165) October 1, 2017
(Via New York Times)