Broadcast and cable television outlets across the dial stopped what they were doing today to turn their attention once again to O.J. Simpson.
All eyes were on the parole board hearing in Lovelock, Nev., where Simpson has served the past nine years in prison for his role in a 2007 incident in a Las Vegas hotel room where Simpson sought to retrieve some of his memorabilia.
Accompanied by his attorney, Simpson was questioned by four parole board commissioners, providing a particularly detailed account of the 2007 armed robbery in response to the question “What were you thinking?”
Simpson became combative at times, according to some observers.
“He just won’t let it go,” The New York Post reports. “O.J. Simpson insisted Thursday that the trove of sports memorabilia he’s in prison for stealing in 2007 was his to take.”
The report calls the version of events Simpson provided today “The Juice’s rambling, unapologetic explanation,” and notes that Simpson was later asked: “The property was yours?”
“That’s when a tense-looking Simpson grew serious,” The Post reports. “’It’s been ruled legally by the state of California that it was my property,’ he sternly answered.”
The hearing, which began at 1 p.m. ET today, was carried in full by cable news channels, cable sports channels and broadcast networks. The hearing has been called “the Parole Hearing of the Century” by some observers, a reference to Simpson’s 1995 “Trial of the Century,” in which he was acquitted of double murder.
The hearing was recessed after about an hour and 15 minutes as the commissioners went into deliberations.