News came yesterday (8 June) that Trump had been indicted on seven charges relating to the storage of classified national defence documents dating from his presidency at his Mar-a-Lago mansion in Palm Beach, Florida.
If convicted, he could face a maximum combined sentence of 100 years in prison.
Former NFL star Simpson weighed in on the case on Friday (9 June). Simpson – who was acquitted in 1995 of murdering his wife and her friend in a trial that gripped the country – said in a selfie video posted on social media: “I’m [going to] share some advice that I got from the greatest legal minds of our generation.”
He went on to name a number of his lawyers from over the years before adding: “The one thing they all told me, and stressed to me: ‘Do not talk about the case publicly. Do not do interviews about the case.’
“I don’t know if Donald’s lawyers are stressing this to him. If they’re not they should be fired and he should sue them.”
OJ says he was smart enough to listen to his lawyer’s advice not to talk about his case publicly, but Trump doesn’t seem to understand that. pic.twitter.com/v2uQGlcqkf
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) June 9, 2023
After being acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman, Simpson was found liable for their deaths in a 1997 California civil case that ordered him to pay $33.5m (£26.6m) to the victims’ families.
Years later, he was convicted of armed robbery in Las Vegas after leading a group of men into the room of a sports memorabilia collector and robbing him at gunpoint. He served nine years in prison before being released in 2017.
Simpson’s advice is apparently being followed by the current US President Joe Biden who – when asked for his thoughts on the indictment – responded: “No comment”.
Simpson has a penchant for commenting on legal cases that have captured national attention.
“Accidents happen skiing, I don’t know how you could try to sue anybody for crashes on a ski slope. You see it all the time,” he said. Paltrow went on to win the case and a symbolic $1 in damages.
Earlier this year, he wrongly predicted that Alex Murdaugh would win his trial for the murders of his wife Maggie and son Paul in 2021.
In 2021, Simpson also caused a stir online after offering his opinion on the trial of Derek Chauvin ahead of the guilty verdict for the former Minneapolis police officer.