O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing in Nevada on Thursday drew nationwide attention, and the Board of Parole Commissioners demonstrated that by showing the “hundreds of letters of support and opposition” for Simpson.
The commissioner noted that a majority of the opposition letters asked the board to consider Simpson’s 1995 acquittal in the murder case of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman and the subsequent civil case that ordered Simpson to pay $25 million to the victims’ families. But the letters were not considered in the case, in which the board paroled the former football star after he was sentenced to nine years in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping in 2007 when he attempted to retrieve memorabilia that he claimed belonged to him.
The commissioner displayed what appeared to be five stacks of letters and said that the board “always encourages public opinion.” The parole hearing received widespread public attention, broadcast live nationally and drawing hundreds of reporters.
Simpson could be released as early as October.
Andy Murray may have lost Wednesday at Wimbledon in the quarterfinals to Sam Querrey, but he definitely won the post-match press conference.
When a reporter started phrasing a question to Murray by claiming that Querrey was “the first U.S. player to reach a major semifinal since 2009,” Murray quickly interrupted with “male player.”
Several American women’s tennis players have reached the semifinals of major tournaments in recent years, most notably Serena Williams, who has won 12 major titles since 2009. Serena’s sister, Venus, will play in the semifinal at Wimbledon on Thursday, in addition to making it to the final at the Australian Open earlier this year. Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys have also made semis in the last three years.
Murray’s interruption drew widespread praise on social media, including from his mother.
The reporter was quick to correct himself and let out a chuckle. But Murray, for his part, remained unamused.
P.K. Subban is apparently a very big fan of Serena Williams, and the fact that she isn’t at Wimbledon this year didn’t stop him from showing his appreciation for the tennis great.
The Nashville Predators defenseman tweeted this photo on Tuesday of himself hugging a giant poster of Williams with a giant grin on his face.
Subban’s love for Williams has been documented. In 2013, they promoted the Rogers Cup together and he admitted he had a “giant crush” on her.
Unfortunately, Williams is not at Wimbledon this year because she is pregnant. But it’s good to know that Subban is still having a blast.