I’m not sure that OJ Simpson considered the optics of him weighing in on a manslaughter charge…
Earlier today, former Alabama and NFL standout wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was sentenced to 3-10 years in prison for vehicular manslaughter.
The sentence stems from the infamous incident in 2021 when Ruggs was charged with a DUI after traveling at 156 miles per hour while under the influence and striking and killing 23-year-old Tina Tintor and her dog.
Former Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III has been sentenced to 3-10 years in prison for a 2021 DUI crash that killed a woman and her dog pic.twitter.com/kQdSwMUfFM
A truly sad story all around. The sentencing has gotten a lot of attention today from various media outlets, and apparently one well-known former athlete who had a couple of run-ins with the law himself.
OJ Simpson was a part of what is coined the “trail of the century” in 1994 and 1995 when he was tried for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. After the televised trail lasted eleven months, Simpson was acquitted of all charges (because the glove didn’t fit).
However, Simpson eventually got hit with burglary charges exactly 13-years from the date he was acquitted of murder. OJ Simpson allegedly went into a Las Vegas hotel room and stole sports memorabilia at gunpoint, and the 12 charges from the incident resulted in a 33-year prison sentence in 2008. He was eventually released on parole nine years later in 2017.
Now, fast-forwarding to present day, OJ Simpson runs his own X (formerly Twitter) account and provides commentary on noteworthy news, especially in the sports world. I have a running theory that he considers the videos he posts to his social media account as his “podcast.”
On his most recent episode of “OJ’s Up-Close Selfie Video News Dump,” Simpson decided to talk about Ruggs’ manslaughter sentence, and compare it to the charges he faced that earned in a 33-year sentence.
OJ stated to his followers:
“Hey X world, it’s me, yours truly. Now I know I went to college on a football scholarship, but somehow this math is not adding up to me.
Your driving a car roughly 160 miles an hour on a public street, end up killing a girl and her dog, and you get 3 to 10 years. You go to a hotel room that you’re invited to, retrieve your own personal, stolen property… property I now have because it was ruled to be mine by the state of California.
And you get 9 to 33 years. Same courthouse, same city, same state. I don’t know. Somehow it just does not add up to me, I’m just saying.”
And he might not be wrong in saying that, if he wasn’t at one point facing double murder charges himself.