O.J. Simpson is many things to many people, but it seems “television evangelist” could eventually be added to the long list of descriptives. The fallen former football player has reportedly “rediscovered” God in prison and has purported plans to become a television evangelist once he’s released.
The Daily Mail is reporting that Simpson, who has allegedly always been a religious man, has increased his fervor behind bars.
From ministering to inmates to purportedly converting a white supremacist to Christianity, his faith-based activities of late have apparently been plentiful.
The 66-year-old is reading the Bible — and even the Koran — regularly, Norman Pardo, Simpson’s promoter, told the Daily Mail.
“He’s always been religious inside of the prison. He helps people who can’t find their way,” Pardo said.
Filmmaker Kenny Saylors, a documentarian who is making a movie about Simpson, agrees with this assessment.
“O.J. has rediscovered his faith. Prison has actually set him free,” Saylors told The Daily and Sunday Express.
Before his incarceration, Simpson was reportedly planning to appear on a show called “Holy Safari,” which would have consisted of the football player traveling around the world and interviewing faith leaders. Prison, though, cut these plans short.
It seems this goal is still in mind, with Pardo telling the Daily Mail that many religious people are supporting the endeavor.
“This man has had everyone taken from him… this is the man that can be the evangelist,” Pardo continued. “Nobody could have been through as much as him and kept their faith.”
Ozzie Fumo, one of Simpson’s attorneys, though, dismissed Pardo as a cling-on simply looking to profit off of the player. But the promoter dismissed this claim and said he has, to date, never made money off of the former football great.
It’s unclear how realistic — or true — the reports surrounding “Holy Safari” are. Initial claims about Simpson becoming more fervent about God and hoping to become a television evangelist were first reported by The National Enquirer, a tabloid.
A judge is currently considering Simpson’s appeal, which could lead to an early release from prison. That said, if denied, he could spend many more years behind bars, thwarting his alleged dream of televangelism.
“He believes that the Lord will take care of him — that’s what his entire family tells me,” Pardo told Fox News. “Never worry about dad. The Lord’s going to take care of him.”
Considering his past murder trial surrounding the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman and ploys to make money off of projects like, “If I Did It,” a book he wrote describing “how he hypothetically would have committed the murders,” questions about sincerity will certainly be asked.
(H/T: Daily Mail)