Since OJ Simpson’s release from prison it seems like he’s been pretty open to talking about his life and career.
Speaking with The Buffalo News recently, the former football great with a troubled after career recalled stories from long ago and interestingly revealed his relationship with another superstar who faced criticism throughout his career: Michael Jackson.
Simpson says that when MJ was alive, they established a friendship, which at one point included a trip to Michael’s famed Neverland amusement park. OJ says that he, along with his two youngest children, Sydney and Justin, were invited to the Neverland Ranch in the wake of his infamous acquittal.
“There came a point where my kids would come up with their best friends and stay long weekends at Neverland Ranch, with everything available to us. We were the only ones there,” he explained.
“This place was incredible, like being at the zoo and amusement park at the same time, with a Ferris wheel and bumper cars and a big movie theater,” Simpson continued. “He had first-run movies and nobody behind the counter. The popcorn and candy, the kids would go get whatever they want.”
The Simpson family trip to Neverland apparently came from the negativity and exclusion his family received after he was acquitted. OJ says that Michael’s open arms were one of the few during that time.
Interestingly, OJ Simpson also said during the interview that while he was in imprisoned, Michael Jackson’s death was the talk of the cell block and unfortunately, most of it was negative.
“It hurt me. This is prison. You got Aryan Warriors, 311s, 88s. Heil Hitler, KKK, you got all that,” he said. “It's tough when you hear them denigrate this guy who has been so great to my family. Then when he dies, you can't get into an argument because some guy is cracking on Michael.”
Also during the Buffalo News interview, OJ Simpson said that Colin Kaepernick made a mistake in protesting the National Anthem. "I think Colin made a mistake," Simpson said. "I really appreciate what he was trying to say. I thought he made a bad choice in attacking the flag."
Read the full interview here.
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