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NY Post: “O.J. In Killer Shape”
According to the NY Post:
Meet the new-and-improved OJ Simpson – a buff, fearless jailbird who preaches racial harmony among his fellow inmates while lapping up pulp fiction and pro wrestling.
Since being tossed into Nevada’s Lovelock Correctional Center 11 months ago on robbery, assault and kidnapping charges, the double-murder acquittee has adjusted swimmingly to life behind bars.
“OJ works out every day. He’s lost a lot of weight and he’s in great shape,” Simpson’s longtime producer, Norman Pardo, tells The Post.
“He says that’s one of the benefits of not being able to go out and party all the time like he used to,” adds Pardo, who has remained in regular contact with The Juice.
When not doing push-ups or pumping iron, Simpson, 62, relaxes by reading best-selling author James Patterson, whose Alex Cross novels follow the cases of an African American homicide detective who practices psychology on the side.
The disgraced gridiron great also follows his alma-mater teams, the USC Trojans and Buffalo Bills – thanks to his loved ones’ generosity. When Simpson first got to Lovelock, where he’s serving a 33-year sentence, he had no TV in his cell. Within days, however, friends and relatives had taken up a collection to buy him one at the prison commissary, says Pardo.
But football isn’t the only sport Simpson tunes into. He’s also fond of such wrestling fare as “SmackDown” and “WWE Superstars.”
And though he gives the prison grub two thumbs up, there is one specialty Simpson misses. “OJ loves soul food,” says Pardo. “When we were touring together, he’d always order grits with his eggs and bacon.”
Lovelock’s lack of grits aside, Simpson – who’s now in the general prison population after initially being held in isolation – is doing his best to give back to the system.
While fraternizing with other felons, he often counsels them on such issues as race relations and anger management, says Pardo. In turn, he has managed to avoid even the slightest hint of trouble.
“I have no issues in here. Everybody’s cool,” Simpson has told Pardo, who adds that the prison guards are just as fond of the “Naked Gun” star as his fellow cons are.
Ditto Simpson’s cellmate, though that relationship wasn’t always so rosy. Earlier this year, when Simpson began bunking with him, Simpson’s daughter Arnelle reportedly griped, “The guy’s a white supremacist.” But today, thanks to Simpson’s finessing of the situation, he and his cellmate are pals.
That upbeat attitude toward race relations seems a far cry from how Simpson felt while standing trial for his part in the 2007 Las Vegas heist of his own sports memorabilia.
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