A lot of people are very excited about the Bills making a return to the playoffs for the first time since 1999, including the Juice. O.J. Simpson, one of the all-time great Buffalo Bills players, joined the team’s fans for a watch party for Sunday’s wild-card playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Simpson, clad in a LeSean McCoy jersey, turned up at Moon Doggies in Las Vegas and found plenty of Bills fans.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame running back played for the Bills from 1969 through 1977; the Bills on Sunday were making their first playoff appearance in 18 years. Simpson posed next to a gentleman wearing a T-shirt that features a white Ford Bronco and the words “The Juice Is Loose.”
Simpson, 70, was released from a Nevada prison last October after serving nine years for armed robbery and kidnapping in connection with an ill-fated attempt to retrieve some of his sports memorabilia in Las Vegas.
Was this planned? Is Simpson making some sort of appearance, so that fans would know he was there? Moon Doggies, after all, appears to be a Bills bar. Or did Bearded Man just get lucking and wear that shirt on *exactly* the right day?
Simpson was granted parole last October after serving 9 years in a Nevada prison for plotting a bungled robbery attempt aimed at retrieving some of his old memorabilia. A star running back who became an actor and commentator, Simpson is, of course, best knowing for being accused and acquitted of the murder of his ex-wife and a friend.
Lots of folks assumed the shots were taken outside EverBank Field in Jacksonville. Albert Breer, a senior NFL reporter for Sports Illustrated’s MMQB, was among those duped, tweeting his dismay at the “#BillsMafia scene in Jacksonville.” Given that we now inhabit a tacky dystopia of rehashed ‘90s nightmares, none of this should come as a surprise.
What should have been a surprise, however, would be that Simpson would travel to Jacksonville to participate in a pre-game tailgate. Upon Simpson’s release from a Nevada prison in October of last year, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi issued a statement saying Simpson would not be welcome in the state, citing the “added dangers that his relocation would pose to our citizens.”
Luckily, for Pam, the terms of his parole demand he lives in the Las Vegas, NV area. Also, Part of the condition of his parole, according to Sports Illustrated, is that he not drink alcohol excessively. Better take it easy at Moon Doggies.