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Juice on the Loose: OJ Simpson Joins Twitter, Ends First Post with Ominous Message

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Since being released from prison in October 2017, Hall of Fame running back O.J. Simpson has kept a relatively low profile while living in Las Vegas.

But on Friday, just days after the 25th anniversary of his late wife’s murder, Simpson popped up in the unlikeliest of places.

O.J. Simpson is now on Twitter.

Simpson’s first post came late Friday night in the form of a video message announcing his arrival to the platform.

And he punctuated the video with an ominous message.

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“Hey Twitter world, this is yours truly,” Simpson said. “Coming soon to Twitter you’ll get to read all my thoughts and opinions on just about everything. Now there’s a lot of fake O.J. accounts out there, so this one, @TheRealOJ32, is the only official one.”

“So, this should be a lot of fun,” he added. “I’ve got a little getting even to do. So God bless. Take care.”

Should Simpson have announced his arrival to Twitter in a different way?

The line, “I’ve got a little getting even to do,” is sure to grab many people’s attention.

It’s an ambiguous message — perhaps purposefully so — from Simpson, especially considering his past.

Simpson joined Twitter two days after the 25th anniversary of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman’s stabbing deaths in Los Angeles in 1994.

Simpson was charged and later acquitted of their murders in criminal court, though he was found liable in civil court.

His legal issues didn’t end there.

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Simpson spent about 9 years behind bars following a 2008 conviction for armed robbery and kidnapping in Las Vegas.

Simpson’s arrival to Twitter became headline news in a matter of minutes, and his account already was approaching 200,000 followers as of Saturday afternoon.

The former running back has stayed out of the spotlight since his release from prison.

But it sounds like tourists and locals in Las Vegas still treat him like a celebrity.

He told the The Associated Press earlier this month that people constantly ask him for selfies when he’s recognized at restaurants or sporting events.

“The town has been good to me,” Simpson said. “Everybody I meet seems to be apologizing for what happened to me here.”

Before becoming infamous for his legal issues, Simpson was one of the greatest running backs in NFL history.

With the Buffalo Bills, he was the first NFL player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season.

And Simpson still holds the NFL’s single-season record for average rushing yards per game.

Last month, the Bills handed out Simpson’s No. 42 jersey to running back Senorise Perry, according to CBS Sports.

It marked the first time that another player wore that number since Simpson’s last game with the team in 1977.

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Ross Kelly has been a sportswriter since 2009.
Ross Kelly has been a sportswriter since 2009 and previously worked for ESPN, CBS and STATS Inc. A native of Louisiana, Ross now resides in Houston.
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