EXCLUSIVE: ‘I’ll be in a wheelchair when I leave jail.’ 340-pound OJ Simpson says his left knee has deteriorated so badly he needs a cane to walk and fears unless he gets special surgery he won’t be able to move at all
- OJ Simpson was recently seen struggling to walk with a silver cane at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada
- The disgraced gridiron great is serving a nine-to-33-year sentence for armed robbery and kidnapping but he could be paroled in two years
- OJ’s knee injuries are from his 11-year career as a running back in the NFL but his huge girth hasn’t helped
- During Nicole Brown Simpson murder trial Johnnie Cochran made OJ show jury his knee to prove he would not have the strength to commit the crime
- OJ says prison officials have turned down his request to leave the prison
- ‘I have the money to go to any specialist in the world to get surgery but they won’t let me leave’
OJ Simpson, who is currently incarcerated in the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada, cannot walk without a cane and fears he will be in a wheelchair when he finally leaves prison, the Daily Mail Online has learned exclusively.
He is furious with prison officials because he says they refuse to allow him to leave the prison to get the surgery he can only get on the outside. let him get medical care outside.
And now, OJ fears he will soon be in a wheelchair and may never walk again.
OJ, 67, was recently seen struggling to walk around the prison with a cane and telling fellow inmates he was angry because he is not getting the specialized medical care he needs.
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Fallen idol: OJ Simpson says that without getting the special surgery he needs he will never be able to walk out of the prison on his own two feet. He is currently serving a nine-to-33-year sentence in state prison as a result of his 2008 conviction for armed robbery and kidnapping, but he could be out in two years
Painful: OJ’s knee injuries are a result from his 11-year career as a running back in the NFL. He doesn’t walk around the prison a lot like he used to but when he has to walk to get his meals in the commissary he walks with a new silver cane while grimacing in pain
On display: OJ’s knee injuries had such an impact on his health, attorney Johnnie Cochran, used his disability in his trial for the murder of wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. to convince the jury that he was not physically capable of the killings. At one point Cochran instructed OJ to stand and raise his suit pant leg to show the jury his multiple scars on his left knee to prove he was severely handicapped
OJ was found guilty in 2008 of criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, assault, robbery and using a deadly weapon and was sentenced to thirty-three years in prison with the possibility of parole after nine years, in 2017.
‘I can only get mediocre health care in here,’ OJ told a fellow inmate, ‘and it really pisses me off because I have the money to go to any specialist in the world to get knee surgery but they won’t let me leave to get help.
‘They don’t give a damn that I am going to end up crippled and can’t walk for the rest of my life’
A prison insider tells Daily Mail Online, OJ doesn’t walk around the prison a lot like he used to but when he has to get his meals in the commissary he walks with a new silver cane, grimacing in pain.
OJ stops frequently to lean up against the wall to rest if there is not a bench nearby to sit and complains the pain is getting worse every day. OJ is given pain medication but it only helps him sleep, it doesn’t make the pain go away during the day.
And OJ’s girth doesn’t help.
Says the prison insider, ‘OJ started gaining weight because he was eating pork-n-beans, breads and a lot of sweets, like cookies and ice cream but now that he can’t get any exercise he has ballooned up to almost 340 pounds.
‘When there was nice weather OJ used to walk around the track on the prison yard for an hour at a time but now the pain in his knee is so severe he can barely walk ten steps without moaning in pain. OJ’s weight is definitely a factor and putting more stress on his knees but he also has advanced arthritis.’
OJ’s knee injuries are a result from his 11-year career as a running back in the NFL and although he has gone through two surgeries on his left knee in the late 1970’s he is still in extreme pain.
These injuries had such an impact on his health OJ’s attorney, Johnnie Cochran, Jr., used his disability in his murder trial 20 years ago to convince the jury his knee was so weak that he was not physically capable of killing his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.
At one point Johnnie instructed OJ to stand and raise his suit pant leg to show the jury his multiple scars on his left knee to prove he was severely handicapped.
OJ may be getting released from prison in 2017 on parole and he’s telling the other inmates it looks like he’s going to be leaving there in a wheelchair.
OJ Simpson, then with the Buffalo Bills, is carried off the field at the end of the half. This is not the first time that his pal Al Cowlings (at right, No. 82) helped take him away. He was along on the low-speed chase in the Bronco ‘following the murders
OJ is not in jail for the murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson but for criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, assault, robbery and using a deadly weapon years later
‘I won’t be out of here for at least another two years and if they won’t let me get to a specialist soon I may never walk again!’ OJ slammed his fists down on the table, revealed the insider.
‘I have the money to pay for any surgery I need and the transportation so it won’t be on the freakin’ tax payers but they are still saying ‘No.’
‘Most of the time if a patient gets a recommendation from a doctor to have surgery but it is not life-threatening, the prison will deny that request,’ the insider added.
‘OJ said they just gave him a pill and told him to take it easy.
‘Hehas talked to his attorneys about going to court so he can get some outside medical help but by the time the courts decide he may be already on parole.
‘OJ is in bad shape and it’s only going to get worse. The pain is excruciating and his knee is so deformed that he cant even straighten his left leg anymore.
‘OJ is so worried about being seen in a wheelchair that he said he is not going to tell anyone, not even his family, when he’s leaving Lovelock.
‘OJ said when he gets parole he will leave in the middle of the night so he can disappear and there will not be any pictures of an old man a wheelchair on the cover of every newspaper across this country with the caption, ‘The Juice – Old and Broken!’