LAS VEGAS — Disgraced NFL legend OJ Simpson is reportedly planning on becoming a televangelist upon his release from prison.
In an interview with the Enquirer and the Daily Mail, Simpson’s manager, Norman Pardo, explained that Simpson has been using his time behind bars to seek God.
“O.J. is very religious now, and he’s been counseling other inmates with Bible studies for months,” he stated. “When I talk to him on the phone, all he wants to discuss is religion. He’s obsessed!”
Pardo told the Daily Mail that Simpson converted a white supremacist to Christianity while behind bars.
“He helps people who can’t find their way,” he said.
Pardo also explained that Simpson has dubbed his mission the “Holy Safari,” which will become a television crusade.
However, some have a hard time believing that things will work out well.
“There’s a lot of people sending bucket-loads of money to these TV preachers, and O.J.’s just looking to rake in millions from poor, unsuspecting Christians,” one unidentified commenter stated. “It’s a dangerous idea to think of Simpson as a self-styled prophet who can reach people all over the world.”
Pardo told the outlet that in the meantime, he is negotiating with Christian television networks to carry his broadcast, and a documentary is also in the works about his new found faith.
Simpson, 66, has spent five years behind bars at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada after being convicted on armed robbery and kidnapping charges.
Prior to his incarceration, Simpson was recognized nationally for his much-publicized murder trial surrounding the slaying of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. He was acquitted after an eight-month long trial, and the phrase, “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit,” became central to the case as Simpson’s attorney, Johnny Cochran, sought to prove that a glove found at the scene of the crime was too small for Simpson’s hand.
Simpson’s manager says that the former NFL player has been watching televangelist and prosperity preacher Frederick KC Price, and aspires to follow in his footsteps. He states that Simpson is working to be released by the end of the year, although he is not eligible for parole until 2017.
“There’s a lot of religious people who are behind this,” Pardo told the Daily Mail. “They feel if OJ found the Lord, it’s important.”