O.J. Simpson received parole on Thursday after serving nine years of his 33-year sentence in Lovelock Correction Center in Nevada. Simpson was sentenced in 2008 for robbery and kidnapping in a Las Vegas hotel room. He will be released from prison on Oct. 1.
As predicted, social media users used the hearing as a chance to share their opinions online, comment on Simpson’s statements – “Nobody’s ever accused me of pulling a weapon on them” or “I’ve spent a conflict free life” – create memes, design GIFs and make sports jokes.
OJ Simpson: "No one's ever accused me of being violent or pulling a weapon" pic.twitter.com/xn9r5opDYZ
— COED.com (@COED) July 20, 2017
— Michael Lee (@GeekAttorney) July 20, 2017
"I've led a conflict free life" – OJ. (Cut to 911 calls of Nicole Brown Simpson pleading for help)
— Savannah Guthrie (@SavannahGuthrie) July 20, 2017
— Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi (@roywoodjr) July 20, 2017
— Miriti Murungi (@NutmegRadio) July 20, 2017
O.J. Simpson: "I'm not a guy who lived a criminal life. I'm a pretty straight shooter." pic.twitter.com/IvcGeZpuP2
— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) July 20, 2017
For some, the entire hearing just brought them back to the 1990’s, when Simpson’s legal troubles first began.
Workout view at work from my lunch time cardio bike. OJ Simpson like it's 1995. I just can't NOT pay attention. pic.twitter.com/RGDakHL694
— Dr. Vincent Lyons (@VincentLyonsPhD) July 20, 2017
It's 2017 and OJ Simpson is on my tv about to walk out of jail again. I feel like I'm 5 years old again.
— Manny (@Manny_Bodega) July 20, 2017
It's midday and there's an OJ Simpson hearing on? What is this, 1994? #OJSimpsonParole
— Chris Reed (@CDReed) July 20, 2017
— Dan Parzych (@DanParzych) July 20, 2017
Others, however, wanted to ignore the entire spectacle, return to Thursday morning normalcy and watch “The Price is Right.”
OJ Simpson's parole hearing is being held during the time slot of "The Price is Right"…ironic isn't it? pic.twitter.com/WFR0OqVIV4
— Andrew Macpherson (@mackyP32) July 20, 2017
Omg!! Noooo! I'm trying to eat my cereal and watch The Price is Right!! Get OJ Simpson off my TV!
— Lauryn Gardner (@LaurynNGardner) July 20, 2017
More O.J. Simpson coverage from Yahoo Sports:
• O.J. Simpson granted parole, can be freed in October
• A parole board member heard Simpson’s case wearing a Chiefs tie
• Parole only the latest twist in O.J.’s long legal drama