Orenthal James Simpson’s infamous police chase did more than captivate the nation’s onlooking television audience. O.J.’s joy ride in the white Ford Bronco, and subsequent criminal trial, marked the beginning of the media’s coverage of the intersection of sports and the law as we know it today. These days, legal issues in sports – whether it is labor unrest between players’ union and leagues, the NBA salary cap interpretation, or a good old-fashioned professional football player murder trial – dominate sports headlines.
This site, The White Bronco, endeavors to take a deep yet entertaining dive into the most interesting legal issues impacting the sports world.
What About OJ?
As you likely know, OJ’s legal troubles did not subside after he was found not guilty at the murder trial. OJ was found liable in his subsequent civil trial and was ordered to pay the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald L. Goldman $33.5 million.
On October 3, 2008 (exactly 13 years to the day after he was acquitted of the murders of Brown and Goldman), OJ was found guilty on ten various counts of robbery, assault, kidnapping, conspiracy, and burglary. He was sentenced to 33 years in prison (with eligibility for parole in nine years).
He is currently incarcerated at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada. Here is his current inmate picture from the prison website:
And where is that White Bronco?
By any car’s standards, the truck has had an incredible and fascinating ride, even since the chase. Josh Peter of USA Today wrote a great investigative piece about the current whereabouts of the car (spoiler alert – they are presently unknown).