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Hot mics and neckties: Shareable OJ Simpson parole moments

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/20/2017 By ALINA HARTOUNIAN, Associated Press
Former NFL football star O.J. Simpson laughs as he appears via video for his parole hearing at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev., on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel heist, successfully making his case in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America's enduring fascination with the former football star. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Former NFL football star O.J. Simpson laughs as he appears via video for his parole hearing at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev., on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel heist, successfully making his case in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America's enduring fascination with the former football star. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool)

The world watched live as O.J. Simpson convinced a Nevada parole board he should be released after spending nine years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel heist.

Bruce Fromong testifies for former NFL football star O.J. Simpson, far right, during Simpson's hearing at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev., on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Fromong, one of the sports memorabilia dealers in the robbery that put Simpson in prison, told the Nevada parole board that the former sports star apologized to him and he accepted it. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Bruce Fromong testifies for former NFL football star O.J. Simpson, far right, during Simpson's hearing at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev., on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Fromong, one of the sports memorabilia dealers in the robbery that put Simpson in prison, told the Nevada parole board that the former sports star apologized to him and he accepted it. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool)

Here are some unusual moments from the hearing Thursday that led to some head-scratching, some chuckling and lots of social media posts.

Former NFL football star O.J. Simpson, right, reacts after learning he was granted parole at Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev., on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Simpson was convicted in 2008 of enlisting some men he barely knew, including two who had guns, to retrieve from two sports collectibles sellers some items that Simpson said were stolen from him a decade earlier. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press Former NFL football star O.J. Simpson, right, reacts after learning he was granted parole at Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev., on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Simpson was convicted in 2008 of enlisting some men he barely knew, including two who had guns, to retrieve from two sports collectibles sellers some items that Simpson said were stolen from him a decade earlier. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool)

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CONFLICT-FREE LIFE

"I had basically spent a conflict-free life," Simpson said, igniting a social media firestorm. Many pointed to his 1995 murder trial in Los Angeles, though he was acquitted, and a raft of allegations that he abused his wife. His choice of words when calling himself a "pretty straight shooter," also prompted a flurry of tweets that included head-slapping gifs.

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A HOT MIC MOMENT

Off-topic comments between Simpson and his lawyer were caught on a hot mic as the parole board returned to tell him their decision. Among the things discussed were cookies, ice cream, President Donald Trump and former Associated Press Special Correspondent Linda Deutsch, who covered Simpson's double murder trial.

"My best to my favorite lady, you know who I'm speaking of," he said. "Tell her I wanted to call her but I don't call anybody from here other than my family."

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WEBCAST OR BLOG

Simpson's lawyer read aloud a letter Simpson wrote to a state lawmaker who was his former attorney, largely focusing on the benefit of education behind bars. But there was a passage referencing a computer course he took.

"Who knows, you may even see a webcast or a blog in the future," Simpson wrote.

While it was being read, Simpson shook his head and mouthed the word, "No."

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A VICTIM AND A FRIEND

The sports memorabilia dealer at the heart of the robbery case against Simpson testified on his behalf, saying the two had been friends for decades. Bruce Fromong said Simpson was misled about what he was retrieving and never "held a gun on me." He said Simpson, who was dubbed "The Juice," is a good man and made a mistake.

Turning to Simpson, Fromong said that if the former sports star was released, "Juice, I'll be here tomorrow for you."

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MOMENTS OF LEVITY

There were several moments when the room broke out in laughter, the first of which came from Simpson when Connie Bisbee, chairwoman of the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners, told him that he was getting the same hearing as anyone else would.

Another came when Bisbee said Simpson was 90, two decades older than his 70 years. More chuckling emerged when Simpson said he planned to move to Florida.

"I could easily stay in Nevada, but I don't think you guys want me here," he said.

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SPORTING A FOOTBALL-THEMED TIE

Social media took note of parole board member Adam Endel's choice in neckwear: a Kansas City Chiefs tie. The team's Twitter account responded to a Sports Illustrated tweet about the fan fashion with an emoji-filled post, essentially saying his tie game was on point.

Asked about the tie, board spokesman David Smith said Endel wore it "probably because he's a Kansas City Chiefs fan."

Simpson played for nine seasons for the Buffalo Bills and is 1968's Heisman Trophy winner, an award for best college player that was represented on another article of clothing in the hearing room — Fromong's black polo.

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Follow Alina Hartounian on Twitter @ahartoun.

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