As you know, O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing was on Thursday, and the first thing that people noticed during the live stream was the NFL tie that a parole board member was wearing.
Adam Endel, the State of Nevada Parole Board Commissioner, had his Judge Ito moment when he showed up for the hearing wearing a Kansas City Chiefs tie. Unless his closet is full of nothing but NFL neckwear (the Falcon’s choker is nice), it was indeed a tacky bit of haberdashery unbecoming of the setting. (Endel explains himself below).
Strangest part of OJ parole hearing? No one in and around parole board thought a Chiefs tie was inappropriate. pic.twitter.com/IQF4vNzWdI
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 20, 2017
Kim Goldman, sister of Ron Goldman, who was killed along with Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown in the murders for which Simpson was found not guilty in 1995, was not amused by the tie. New York Daily News:
Kim Goldman echoed the sentiment, and blasted Parole Board Commissioner Adam Endel for his choice to wear an “inappropriate” NFL tie.
She continued on to say that while the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners repeatedly emphasized the normalcy of procedures despite Simpson’s fame, it still seemed he was getting special treatment. Kim Goldman specifically pointed to easy questions, a lack of follow-up from the board and Simpson’s attitude during the hearing.
Simpson’s testimony indeed resembled an episode of The Twilight Zone, among the highlights being his contention that he’s “never been accused of pulling a weapon on anyone,” and that he’s “lived a conflict-free life.” He also made the same excuses he did during his 2008 trial for kidnapping and weapons charges of two Las Vegas memorabilia dealers. He has served nearly nine years on that, but was granted parole on Thursday.
For his part, Endel says that the Chiefs tie was a shoutout to his friends. ESPN:
“I realize some people are going to be upset I wore a Chiefs tie,” Endel, who has served on the parole board since 2009, told The Kansas City Star. “That’s OK. They can be upset.”
He told The Star that he wore the tie for his friends back home and not for Simpson’s sake.
“That’s safe to say,” said Endel, who grew up an hour outside of Kansas City and is also a Royals fan. “It was one of those little things I figured someone might spot from Kansas City, but I didn’t realize it was going to blow up that much. It’s crazy now.”