Just ahead of the 25th anniversary of O.J. Simpson’s notorious police car chase, the former NFL star and double murder suspect has joined Twitter — just what the contentious social media platform needs.
Simpson, who was released on parole in 2017 after serving nine years for a robbery attempt in a Las Vegas hotel, announced on Friday night in a short video that he would soon be joining that micro-blogging platform, promising that his followers would get to “read my thoughts and opinions on just about everything.”
Coming Soon!!! pic.twitter.com/R1tXOuuLgO
— O.J. Simpson (@TheRealOJ32) June 15, 2019
Since Friday, the Twitter account — using the handle @TheRealOJ32 — has already amassed over 65,000 followers and led to the trending hashtag #TheJuiceIsLoose. Simpson is following only four accounts so far, including his son Justin and his attorney Malcolm LaVergne, who represented him in the Las Vegas heist case.
LaVergne tweeted about the new account, advising Simpson’s haters to “take notice.”
Wow, Mr. Simpson @TheRealOJ32 just got on Twitter late last night, posted one tweet, and now almost has nearly 50,000 Twitter followers early the next morning. Isn’t even verified yet. To all the haters, take notice! M.
— Malcolm LaVergne (@SinCityAttorney) June 15, 2019
On June 12, 1994, 25 years ago this week, Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman were found brutally murdered at Brown Simpson’s Brentwood home. Five days later, on June 17, 1994, Simpson led police in a slow-speed car chase on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles, the same day he was scheduled to turn himself in. Simpson eventually surrendered to police at his Brentwood home later that evening, and was later acquitted of both murders in what has been dubbed “The Trial of The Century.”
In 1997, Simpson was found liable for the deaths in civil court and ordered to pay the victims’ families $33.5 million. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Goldman family has received less than one percent of the judgement awarded to them.
[Feature image: AP Photo/Nick Ut, File]