O.J. Simpson‘s life at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada is pretty regular and apparently, he is well liked.
According to a new L.A. Times article, the former NFL player works in the prison gym four times per week, wiping down gym equipment and mopping the floors. He also uses the weights and walks laps but his bad knees prevent him from participating in any team sports.
Still, he coaches, umpires and even serves as commissioner of the prison softball league.”He’s popular with the sports crowd — guys go up to him and ask him what he thinks about current sports teams,” Jon Hawkins, a former inmate who was released earlier this year, told the L.A. Times. “O.J. is just a regular dude. He does his job and he goes to his cell.”
As for if Simpson has seen the recent TV show The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, or the ESPN documentary about him, he and the rest of the inmates have very limited access. “It is inappropriate and can be a safety and security risk to transmit information about an inmate to the rest of the inmate population,” Nevada Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Keast told the newspaper.
A retired Lovelock prison guard also weighed in and said Simpson is popular and a model prisoner. “I would say 99.9 percent of inmates like him — they look up to him. He’s the perfect candidate for parole. That’s all he thinks about. If he gets into a conflict [with another inmate], he backs out. He wants to be a free man again.”
His parole for a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping incident in Las Vegas could happen as early as October 2017 when he completes his minimum nine-year sentence.
If he is released, however, Simpson will then have to face the $33.5 million judgment against him in the civil case for the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ronald Goldman.