After spending nine years in prison for a robbery in Las Vegas, former football star O.J. Simpson was granted parole by a group of Nevada commissioners. He could be free as early as October 1, according to ABC News.
Simpson faced the parole board earlier this afternoon (July 20), where he said "I take full responsibility" for the incident that landed him in prison. He was sentenced in 2007, after he and a group of men went into a hotel and casino to steal sports memorabilia - memorabilia that Simpson insisted was his personal property - at gunpoint.
In the hearing, Simpson told the board that he was in Las Vegas for a wedding when he heard that people who helped him move and store the mementos were in the area with his property. He said he saw all of his material in the hotel room, and that he and the group were only planning to take back what was rightfully his. He added that he would never use a weapon.
"The only thing I saw that was on display that wasn't mine was some baseballs, and I made it clear to everybody those are not mine. All I want is my property. ... I wasn't there to steal from anybody," Simpson said. "...I haven't made any excuses in the nine years I've been here and not trying to make any excuses now."
Simpson said during the hearing that he'd like to spend as much time with his children as possible, after missing their college graduations and 36 birthdays while behind bars. He also insisted that he's "not a guy who lived a criminal life."
The former Heisman Trophy winner is one of the most divisive figures in American history: his trial and acquittal for the murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson, and his relationship with race, have been covered in many films, documentaries and TV series, including multiple projects just last year. JAY-Z used Simpson's reluctance to embrace blackness as the frame of "The Story of O.J.," a highlight from his album 4:44. REVOLT TV will air JAY-Z's "Footnotes of 'The Story of O.J." tonight, July 20, at 7 p.m.