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“No One Really Knows How Much We Have Been Through” -OJ Simpson’s Daughter



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O.J. Simpson’s daughter, Arnelle Simpson, withholding tears during the court hearing, expressed how her father’s imprisonment affected the family.

She said “I’m here on behalf of my family for the purpose of expressing what we believe is the true character of my father,” she told the court. “No one really knows how much we have been through this ordeal in the last nine years…. As a family, we recognize that he’s not the best to many but he’s done his best to speak to his overall nature and character, which is to be positive no matter what.”

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She also referred to her dad as her best friend saying, ” My experience with him is that he’s like my best friend and my rock.”

Speaking about the 2007 robbery accident that resulted in O.J.’s imprisonment, Arnelle says her dad hasn’t always made the best decisions.

“My dad recognized he took the wrong approach and could have handled it differently,” she explained. “My siblings and I and family know that he didn’t make the right decision on that day, but we know that his intentions were not to go in and to just make the wrong decision at the wrong time.”

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O.J., who has been granted parole by the four-man parole committee expressed howdearly he wants to return home to his family.

“I do have four kids. I’ve missed a lot of time with those kids,” O.J. told the court. “I think I’m a guy who’s always been a giving guy—even on the street. People have always come up to me. My reputation has always been that I’m open to the public. I’m open to everybody. Right now I’m at a point in my life where all I want to do is spend time with my children and my friends.”

Ibukun Josephine Bankole was a Senior Associate at Naija News. A Mass Communication graduate, Ibukun is passionate about journalism especially in the areas of health and child related issues. She loves eating beans, singing, acting and giving motivational speeches. Ibukun is meticulous and has a positive approach to life. Contact me via twitter/Instagram @ibukunbankole_