O.J. Simpson says he was worried that he was going to die. The former NFL player discussed contracting COVID-19 last year. In an interview with The Athletic, Simpson said he struggled with the illness. During this period, Simpson thought his time was limited.
He said that he struggled to catch his breath and was so weak he couldn’t get out of bed. Fearing that he would die soon, Simpson reached out to his children. He told them that they should make arrangements for his eventual funeral.
“When I had COVID, I almost couldn’t get out of bed,” Simpson said to the outlet. “I made it to my balcony, trying to breathe. I couldn’t catch my breath.”
Simpson said having COVID-19 made him feel very vulnerable. He thought that he was dying but eventually he recovered from the virus. Afterward, Simpson said he has had a new lease on life ever since then.
“I felt vulnerable,” Simpson said, “and for the first time thought I might be near the end.”
O.J. Simpson’s Current Life
OJ Simpson says he’s been enjoying his life over the past few years since getting out of prison. In 2008, a judge sentenced Simpson to 33 years in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery. But in 2017, Simspon got out of prison on parole. Since then, he’s said he’s been hitting the green. Simpson says he plays golf around four or five days a week
The former athlete says he’s working on his swing. But Simpson also enjoys being something of a minor celebrity as well. For many, Simpson is a controversial figure. In addition to his previous prison stint, Simpson infamously dodged a murder charge as well. Simpson’s case was one of the most broadcasted in television history.
But some people are fascinated by him given his history. The former athlete says some people will approach him and offer to buy him drinks. He says that the media often denies that he has people that support and believe his innocence as well.
“People want to buy me drinks,” he said. “I’m always taking pictures with people. Ladies hug me. “People truly care for me. You don’t know who truly cares about you until you’ve gone through some serious stuff, and I’ve gone through serious stuff. The media won’t say it, but that is my life. I’m living a good life now.”
But Simpson also couldn’t help but comment on that court case as well. According to the former athlete, he doesn’t make trips to Los Angeles anymore. He believes that Nicole Brown’s killer still resides there somewhere.
“People may think this is self-serving, but I might be sitting next to whoever did it,” Simpson said. “I really don’t know who did this.”