The morning after the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, O.J. Simpson's attorney reportedly told his infamous client he was worried that the convicted criminal would be blamed for the tragedy.
"I spoke to him this morning, and he [asked], 'What the heck is going on?'" the lawyer, Malcolm LaVergne, told The New York Post. "And I said, 'Well, I hope nobody tries to pin any of this on you.'"
The 70-year-old is staying in a private home near the strip for a week or longer while he visits friends and family upon his release from the Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada.
"Seriously, he was looking to avoid drama, and now this just has people talking about how everywhere he goes, something happens," the attorney added, referring to the Oct. 1 attack that killed 58 people so far and injured more than 500 when a man broke the window in his Mandalay Bay hotel room and fired at a country music festival going on below.
The tragedy is the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, and it occurred just hours after Simpson moved into his temporary home in the area.
"He has no plans to go out in public right now," said the attorney for the former football player who was famously acquitted for the 1994 murders of his ex-wife and a restaurant owner. "He wants to stay back and lay low. … He's 70 and he just got out of prison. He wants to lay low and play golf."
Simpson intends to move to Tampa, Florida, as soon as the area resumes normality following the devastation of Hurricane Irma, said LaVergne.
"The place he is looking to move into had a power outage and other troubles," he explained. "He didn't want any drama, he wanted to wait it out in Nevada."
The former inmate, who served nine years of a 33-year sentence for attempted robbery, reportedly plans to make the move by the end of the year, though in the meantime, he is enjoying "sleeping in a big real bed" after years on his prison one.
Simpson spoke to the media in the middle of a car ride just after his release and said that since he bad been "in a car for the last five hours," he wasn't sure what freedom felt like, notes The Associated Press.
"I've been in Nowhere, USA, for the last nine years doing nothing," he added. "Nothing has changed in my life. What do you expect?"