After over 25 years of living under the shadow of one of America’s most notorious murder cases, OJ Simpson says his life has entered a phase he calls the ‘no negative zone’.
In a telephone Interview with the Associated Press, the now 71-year-old Simpson said he is healthy and living happily in Las Vegas.
Neither Simpson nor his children want to look back by talking about the June 12, 1994 incident when his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ronald Goldman were killed.
This is because the incident quickly transformed Simpson from a revered Professional Football Hall of Fame hero to a murder suspect.
“We don’t need to go back and relive the worst day of our lives. The subject of the moment is the subject I will never revisit again. My family and I have moved on to what we call the ‘no negative zone’. We focus on the positives,” Simpson said.
For a man who once lived for the spotlight, Simpson has been keeping a largely low profile since his release from prison in October 2017 after serving nine years for a robbery/kidnapping conviction in Las Vegas.
He continues to believe his conviction and sentence for trying to steal back his own memorabilia were unfair, adding that he believes in the country’s legal system and has honored it by serving time in prison.
After his release from the prison in Lovelock, Nevada, many expected Simpson to return to Florida where he had lived for many years but friends in Las Vegas persuaded him to stay there despite the case that landed him in prison.
“The town has been good to me. Everybody I meet seems to be apologizing for what happened to me here,” he added.
However, his time in the city has not been without controversy. A month after his release, an outing to a steakhouse and lounge at the Cosmopolitan resort off the Las Vegas Strip ended in a dispute as Simpson was ordered off the property and prohibited from returning.
Although no such problems have reoccurred, Simpson is still among the most sought-after figures in town for selfies with those who encounter him at restaurants or athletic events which he occasionally attends.