Wednesday marks 25 years since Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were found stabbed to death, igniting what would come to be known as “The Trial of the Century.”
But these days, O.J. Simpson is just trying to escape the shadow of his past and live in the present.
“Life is fine,” Simpson told The Associated Press in a phone interview from his home. “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 was acquitted of the double murder of his ex-wife and her friend in 1995 but was later found liable for their deaths in a civil suit filed by their families.
He found himself in trouble again in 2007, when he was arrested on felony armed robbery and kidnapping charges in Las Vegas. Simpson was convicted of both charges in 2008 and served nine years in prison before being released in October of 2018.
It was widely believed that Simpson would move to Florida upon being freed since he had lived there in the past, but he was convinced to return to Las Vegas, and he hasn’t looked back.
“The town has been good to me,” Simpson said. “Everybody I meet seems to be apologizing for what happened to me here.”
Goldman’s sister, Kim Goldman, certainly sees it that way, too. She’s well aware that Simpson plays golf regularly and even poses for selfies on occasion.
“Yeah, I hear he’s living the life of Riley out there in Las Vegas, being treated like a king,” Goldman told The AP sarcastically.
On the other hand, Goldman admitted she doesn’t think about Simpson unless his name is brought up.
“I don’t suffocate in my grief,” Goldman said. “But every milestone that my kid hits, every milestone that I hit, you know, those are just reminders of what I’m not able to share with my brother and what he is missing out on.”