Born: July 9, 1947
Full Name: Orenthal James Simpson
Induction: O.J. wasn’t inducted into the JDS Criminal Hall of Fame for being accused and acquitted of double murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ron Goldman in the early 90’s. Our standards are much higher than that. The fact that he was an NFL super star running back, turned his fame into an acting career and pitch man for a rental car company only to see it all slip away in the summer of 1994 is only the beginning. His decision making since his acquittal has been less than stellar. He was found unanimously liable for the wrongful death of and battery against Ron Goldman, and battery against Nicole Brown. Simpson was ordered to pay $33,500,000 in damages to the Goldman family. Simpson’s Heisman Trophy and other memorabilia were put up for auction.
Simpson then went through a list of legal troubles including battery, suspicion of ecstasy possession, money laundering, speeding through a manatee protection zone, failing to comply with proper boating regulations and using illegal electronic devices to pirate its broadcast signals. Although none of these charges landed ‘the Juice’ in prison, he was hit with large fines and legal fees.
The last of Simpson’s escapades was in Las Vegas where he was charged with multiple felony counts, including criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, assault, robbery, and using a deadly weapon after he entered a room at the Palace Station hotel-casino and took sports memorabilia at gunpoint. On December 5, 2008, Simpson was sentenced to a total of thirty-three years in prison with the possibility of parole in 2017. O.J. has been back to court (in May 2013) to try and get his conviction thrown out because he was so poorly represented by his lawyer in 2008.
As we stated earlier on this page, you have to be a special athlete with the worst kind of problems to land in our Criminal Hall of Fame. O.J. Simpson is definitely one of those people. [information taken from the always reliable Wikipedia]