O.J. Simpson was granted parole during a hearing that took place in Nevada on Thursday. He is now likely to be released from prison as early as October. Simpson served nine years at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada after being found guilty on kidnapping and robbery charges stemming from an incident at a Las Vegas hotel in September 2007 involving memorabilia.
Just one day after Aaron Hernandez died in April following a suspected suicide, a Boston Globe report emerged indicating that his family might be able to collect millions of dollars owed to him by the Patriots and the NFL as a result of his death. The belief was that, because Hernandez died before he was able to finish the appeal of his 2015 murder conviction in the Odin Lloyd trial, a legal principle known as “abatement ab initio” would apply to his case. It would give his lawyers the opportunity to vacate his conviction, which would essentially allow for him to die an innocent man and allow for his family to go after the money that the Patriots and NFL refused to pay him after he was found guilty of killing Lloyd.
Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his jail cell early Wednesday morning after committing suicide, according to an official statement released by the Massachusetts Department of Corrections. He was 27.
O.J. Simpson’s name stayed in the news throughout much of 2016 thanks to FX’s hit show American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson and ESPN’s excellent documentary O.J.: Made in America. Even though Simpson himself remained locked behind bars in Nevada on armed robbery and kidnapping convictions following a September 2007 incident, he was the topic of discussion for many people over the course of the year. And it sounds like Simpson might be on the tip of everyone’s tongue in 2017, too.
With about 7 minutes remaining in the third quarter of the game, it looked like Super Bowl LI was going to be a complete dud. After all of the buildup surrounding the game, the Falcons led 28-3 after a Tevin Coleman touchdown. And they appeared to be cruising towards a victory.
After months of talk and speculation, the Oakland Raiders have officially filed the paperwork to move the franchise to Las Vegas. The move was anticipated by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, who reported Saturday that the Raiders would file their relocation paperwork any day. NFL vice president of communications Brian McCarthy released a statement to Twitter on Thursday.
The San Diego Chargers are moving to Los Angeles, where they will join the recently relocated Rams in giving the nation’s second-largest media market two NFL teams for the first time in decades.