Despite his conviction in Las Vegas earlier this month, there’s a lot of OJ Simpson memorabilia out there that’s not likely to go anywhere anytime soon.
Among the places where Simpson is honored include the National Football Hall of Fame, the Professional Football Hall of Fame and on campus at USC. AP writer Ralph Russo rounds up the details:
NEW YORK – O.J. Simpson‘s portrait hangs in the Heisman Trophy exhibit at the new Sports Museum of America.
He’s a member of the college and professional football halls of fame, his jersey number has been retired by the University of Southern California and he is featured on the Buffalo Bills’ Wall of Fame.
Many of the honours bestowed Simpson for being one of the greatest running backs in history are likely to remain in place, even as he serves a prison sentence for armed robbery and kidnapping.
Simpson was convicted earlier this month in Las Vegas. That came 13 years after he was acquitted in the slaying of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. Simpson was later found liable for their deaths in a civil trial.
Simpson’s status as a Hall of Famer was unaffected by those legal issues.
Now that he is a convicted felon, the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame plans to review his status and determine what to do with the Simpson memorabilia displayed at the museum in South Bend, Ind., NFF president Steve Hatchell recently said.
“We will review it, but there are no plans to take him out of the hall,” Hatchell said. “It’s a big wrestling match because he was put in for what he did as a football player at Southern Cal.”