The former Buffalo Bills star released a video earlier this week ahead of the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. It didn’t go well. The ex-con opens his video discussing the recent COVID-19 outbreak in football, and how the NFL should address it. Then he goes into his take on the then-upcoming debate.
“Don’t listen to the hyperbole, because we’re going to have that. Don’t listen to the name-calling, we’re going to have that. What you should be listening for is them talking about issues that going to affect your life. Our country was in great shape four years ago. Our country was in great shape 10 months ago. Unfortunately, we’ve had to deal with this coronavirus situation, and it’s hurt everybody. But in any event, pay attention tonight. Listen. And no matter what side of the aisle you’re on vote.”O.J. Simpson
Simpson has been critical of Trump in the past, though he hasn’t endorsed Biden. Back in 2018, he was asked if he would have voted for Trump in the 2016 election. “Somebody asked me if I’d have voted for him … Probably not, but I only know two of my friends I’d vote to be president,” he said. “Some of my best, best besties I would not vote to be president.”
Twitter has jokes for O.J. Simpson
It isn’t uncommon for athletes and former athletes to share their opinion on politics. NFL players protest social injustice every week by kneeling during the national anthem. Former football star Hershell Walker is a major Trump backer. But O.J. Simpson is different.
Accused and later acquitted of killing his ex-wife and her friend Ron Goldman in 1994, Simpson remains a pariah for many people. So, when he posts about politics, social media is quick to remind him of his past with some dark comedy.
Some people were curious about Simpson’s own voting status after he implored people to go to the polls in his video.
Simpson was convicted of armed robbery, kidnapping and assault in 2008 and released on parole in 2017.
Though, not everyone was a comedian or mean to Simpson over the video.
The next debate is set for Oct. 15 in Miami.