O.J. Simpson is “a little worried” that the knife found buried on his property could sway parole board members into keeping him locked up next year, his former manager says.
The football legend is currently serving 9-to-33 years in a Nevada prison for a 2008 kidnapping and robbery arrest in Las Vegas — which came exactly 13 years to the day after he was acquitted of the murders of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her pal Ron Goldman.
His former manager, Norman Pardo, told People magazine that the 68-year-old Heisman Trophy winner “isn’t losing any sleep” over the latest twist in the 1994 murder case, but he is afraid the investigation may affect the possibility of his release in November 2017, when he goes before the parole board.
“[O.J.] is a little worried because if it’s one of his pocket knives and if it’s got his blood on it, that could make him look bad when he’s up for parole,” Pardo explained. “That’s really his only fear.”
Despite the concern, Pardo said, the Juice has been paying no attention to the hype surrounding the knife discovery.
“Everybody I’ve spoken with says he’s just ignoring it. He’s not talking about it,” Pardo told People. “When he heard the news on TV, all he did was shake his head as if to say, ‘Will this ever end?’ He’s definitely shrugging it off and pretty much saying, ‘I’m not going to worry about it.’ ”
The LAPD is testing the 5-inch fixed-blade buck knife that was found on the perimiter of Simpson’s Brentwood estate around 1998. Authorities said a construction worker allegedly gave the weapon to a retired traffic cop — who then kept it as a souvenir for years before turning it in to police last month.
“Personally, I think it belonged to a construction worker and fell out of his pocket,” Pardo said. “Honestly, I don’t think it pertains to anything.”
The knife is being examined for DNA and other biological evidence — including hair and fingerprints — at the department’s serology/DNA unit this week.
Police sources told the LA Times that preliminary review suggested that the blade appeared to be unconnected to the 1994 murders.