After nine years behind bars for armed robbery and kidnapping, former football star O.J. Simpson was granted parole on Thursday. He is now expected to be back on the streets by October.
Simpson is best known for being acquitted of murdering ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend, Ron Goldman, in 1997. Though he wasn’t sentenced to jail time, Simpson was found “legally liable” in court and ordered to pay out $33.5 million in damages to the victims’ families.
However, none of that could be legally taken into account during his parole hearing Thursday, because the hearing only concerned his 2008 armed robbery.
As a result, he’ll be allowed to walk free in a matter of months.Pool/Getty Images
“Good Morning America” interviewed two of Simpson’s friends on Friday to discuss his life after he’s released from prison.
But not everything went as planned…
The interview began calmly when the football star’s friend, Tom Scotto, told “GMA” that Simpson would likely move back to Florida when he was out from behind bars. He even claimed that Simpson plans to visit Nicole Brown’s grave once he’s out.
Another friend of Simpson’s, Dr. Henry Johnson, also spoke out on the morning show. He said that he “still believes in [Simpson’s] innocence” pertaining to the murders of Brown and Goldman.
Then, as the “GMA” host David Muir tried to wrap up the interview, Scotto interrupted and said that he needed the last “30 seconds” to speak.Screenshot/GMA
The football star’s friend then went on to slam the ABC network (emphasis added):
“Okay, I just want to say I’m doing this interview but ABC has acted very irresponsible in their actions on putting on victims, so-called victims, knowing they’re telling lies and I think it’s very irresponsible of ABC to do that.”
The “victims” he mentioned were likely members of the Goldman family, who later appeared on the show to discuss their reaction to Simpson’s release.Screenshot/GMA
The host waited for Scotto to finish his statement before chiming in that the show aimed to show “really all perspectives.” Muir said:
“All right, Tom, we appreciate you. We gave you the final word there and we should should point out to our viewers that we will be talking to the Goldman family coming up.”
The Goldmans, the family of murder victim Ron Goldman, didn’t react to Scotto’s outburst when they appeared on the show a short time later.
But they did say that they were “shocked” at the news of Simpson’s release.