O.J. Simpson’s manager says the former NFL star is “a little worried” that the knife found buried on his property could change his parole chances.
Simpson is currently in a Nevada prison serving nine to 33 years for a 2008 abduction and robbery arrest in Las Vegas. The sentence came 13 years after he was acquitted for the murder of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman.
Norman Pardo, his former manager, told People Magazine that Simpson “isn’t losing any sleep” over the new discovery in the 1994 murder case, but fears the investigation may influence his expected release in November 2017.
“[O.J.] is a little worried because if it’s one of his pocket knives and if it’s got his blood on it, that could make him look bad when he’s up for parole,” says Pardo. “That’s really his only fear.”
“Everybody I’ve spoken with says he’s just ignoring it. He’s not talking about it,” Pardo told People. “When he heard the news on TV, all he did was shake his head as if to say, ‘Will this ever end?’ He’s definitely shrugging it off and pretty much saying, ‘I’m not going to worry about it.’”
Around 1998, a 5-inch fixed-blade buck knife was found on the edge of Simson’s Brentwood estate by a construction worker who gave it to a retired officer.
The retired officer’s lawyer says his client called the Los Angeles Police Department about the knife years ago, but the department wasn’t interested, so he kept it as a souvenir, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“Personally, I think it belonged to a construction worker and fell out of his pocket,” Pardo said. “Honestly, I don’t think it pertains to anything.”
The knife is being tested for DNA and other biological evidence by the Los Angeles Police Department’s serology/DNA unit this week.
Authorities told the Los Angeles Times that preliminary analysis indicated the weapon appeared to be unconnected to the 1994 murders.