O.J. Simpson launched a Twitter account, saying he has a “little getting even to do” and wants to “set the record straight.”
Simpson posted his first tweet Friday night, and included a selfie video explaining why at 71 years old, he created an account.
“Hey Twitter world, this is yours truly. Coming soon to Twitter, you’ll get to read all my thoughts and opinions on just about everything,” he said in the video.
“It should be a lot of fun. I’ve got a little getting even to do,” he added without elaborating.
Coming Soon!!! pic.twitter.com/R1tXOuuLgO
— O.J. Simpson (@TheRealOJ32) June 15, 2019
Simpson’s tweet generated thousands of comments, although most people mocked him and urged him to delete his account.
“About time you took a stab at social media,” one person responded.
“O.J. Simpson making a Twitter account on the 25th anniversary of his wife’s murder proves he’s the world’s biggest troll,” someone else said.
Another person chimed in with: “Twitter is no longer a safe space. We gotta go back to Myspace or something.”
While someone else warned Twitter users: “Hide yo wife, hide yo kids…”
The NFL Hall of Famer confirmed to The Associated Press that the account is legitimate.
In a second post Saturday, he said he would use the account to challenge the b.s. people say about him.
“Hello Twitter world,” Simpson said while standing in front of a swimming pool. “You know, for years people have been able to say whatever they wanted to say about me, with no accountability. But now I can challenge a lot of that BS and set the record straight. More importantly, I’m able to talk about everything, especially sports and fantasy football and even politics.”
By Sunday afternoon, the @TheRealOJ32 account had more than 546,000 followers.
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Simpson has remained a controversial figure since he was tried and acquitted in 1995 in the killings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman.
In a separate civil trial, he was found liable in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the victims’ families.
Simpson was later convicted in Las Vegas for a 2007 robbery and kidnapping following an attempt to steal back some of his sports memorabilia from a hotel room. He was released from prison in October 2017.