OJ Simpson reveals that Michael Jackson opened up Neverland to him and his children free of charge for years after murder trial and says missing his funeral is one of his biggest prison regrets
- Simpson returned to his roots and spoke with The Buffalo News for his first profile piece since being released from prison
- In it he spoke about everything from his college career and record-breaking years with the Bills to his years behind bars on kidnapping and robbery charges
- He reveals he received some much needed support from an unlikely course in the wake of his murder trial acquittal - Michael Jackson
- ‘There came a point where my kids would come up with their best friends and stay long weekends at Neverland Ranch, with everything available to us,' he said
OJ Simpson has revealed how one of his biggest regrets from his time behind bars was missing the King of Pop's funeral.
It has been over a decade since Simpson has granted an interview, and for his first profile the former football great returned to his roots, speaking with Tim Graham of The Buffalo News about everything from his storied college career and record-breaking years with the Bills to his years behind bars on kidnapping and robbery charges and, of course, his infamous double murder trial.
He also reveals that he and his two youngest children, Sydney and Justin, received some much needed support from an unlikely course in the wake of his acquittal in the trial - Michael Jackson.
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O.J. Simpson is seen in this file photo with his son Justin Ryan Simpson and daughter Sydney Brooke Simpson
Michael Jackson backstage at The 2003 Radio Music Awards at the Aladdin Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada
Workers standby at the train station at Neverland Ranch in Los Olivos, California
‘There came a point where my kids would come up with their best friends and stay long weekends at Neverland Ranch, with everything available to us. We were the only ones there,’ explained Simpson.
‘This place was incredible, like being at the zoo and amusement park at the same time, with a Ferris wheel and bumper cars and a big movie theater.’
Simpson continued: ‘He had first-run movies and nobody behind the counter. The popcorn and candy, the kids would go get whatever they want.’
It was Jermaine Jackson who actually connected the two men Simpson revealed in a 2005 interview, though the men also shared the same lawyer as well, Johnnie Cochran.
Simpson explained that he and the Jackson family were close on account of the fact that his home in Encino, where he lived with his first wife Marguerite and their children, was near the Jackson compound.
Jermaine would come over with his oldest son, who grew close to Simpson’s two older children.
Simpson (C) listens to the not guilty verdict with his attorneys F. Lee Bailey (L) and Johnnie Cochran Jr (R). Simpson was found not guilty of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown-Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman
Then, when Simpson was acquitted, he was speaking to Jermaine about how upsetting it was that he could not take the children anywhere without fear of being hounded given his newfound celebrity.
Soon after, Jackson called and told Simpson that he would love to have him visit Neverland with the children.
Simpson did just that, taking the children up despite the fact that Jackson was away, and continued to do this for years.
Best of all, Jackson footed the entire bill.
The former football great, 70, also addressed the allegations that Jackson was dealing with around that same time as well in the interview with Graham.
‘I don't know what his sexual thing was,’ confessed Simpson.
‘I thought he was asexual. But he came to my aid.’
Simpson was not able to see or speak to Jackson in his final years and said that missing the King of Pop’s funeral was one of his biggest regrets from his time behind bars.
To make matters worse, many of the other inmates at Lovelock Correctional Facility were not that upset about Jackson’s passing.
Simpson also explained that even before his death, Jackson was the subject of much ridicule as well among the prison population.
‘It hurt me. This is prison. You got Aryan Warriors, 311s, 88s. Heil Hitler, KKK, you got all that.
It's tough when you hear them denigrate this guy who has been so great to my family,’ said Simpson.
‘Then when he dies, you can't get into an argument because some guy is cracking on Michael.’
Simpson said that he is still close with Sydney and Justin in the interview as well, and will likely be calling Las Vegas home for the foreseeable future.
‘I have no plans to leave any time soon, and my kids love coming here. My daughter came in for the second time from Florida and stayed five weeks. My son is coming for the third time from Florida,’ explained Simpson.
‘They love visiting me here, and you always get old friends with nooooo problem, coming to Las Vegas.’
He also said that he has not really watched any of the programs about him, but did hear back from his daughter about the Oscar and Emmy-winning documentary OJ: Made In America.
‘In the ESPN show, my daughter said, "I liked the fact it was about football for the first few hours because I never really saw you play!" Another friend of mine who isn't a football fan said, "Man, you were fast!”’ said Simpson.
‘Despite the other crap the show was about — I know it won an Academy Award — people were reminded I was a pretty good athlete.’
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