Wednesday marks 25 years since OJ Simpson's wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman were stabbed to death at the Simpson home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. Associated Press traveled to Las Vegas for an exclusive interview with the former sports star on the tragic anniversary and found that Simpson is accentuating the positive — and never mentioning the negative, even when he was being punk'd by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen last year.
Hollywood still catches up with him; he dodges paternity rumors that he fathered Khloe Kardashian semi-annually. And he's always asked about what happened on June 12, 1994.
“We don’t need to go back and relive the worst day of our lives,” he told the AP interviewer, Linda Deutsch, when she brought it up anew. “The subject of the moment is the subject I will never revisit again. My family and I have moved on to what we call the ‘no negative zone.’ We focus on the positives.”
He said Las Vegas has been good to him. He plays golf almost daily on his recently-replaced knees and had Lasik surgery to make his vision sharper. Two of his four kids (Justin and Sydney) practice real estate in Florida — and his parole officer has given him permission to take short trips to visit them — while Arnelle, the eldest, lives with him much of the time (when she's not commuting to L.A.). It's not clear if he sees his other son — Arnelle's brother Jason.
Not everyone is thrilled to pieces about that seemingly wonderful life.
“Yeah, I hear he’s living the life of Riley out there in Las Vegas, being treated like a king,” Goldman's sister, Kim Goldman, told Deutsch.
Kim Goldman's 10-part investigative podcast Confronting: OJ Simpson launches on June 12.
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