OJ Simpson was just freed from the Nevada State prison on parole last month but already managed to get into some trouble again.
Simpson, a former NFL running back and convicted felon was recently kicked out of The Cosmopolitan Casino Hotel in Las Vegas, NV and may find himself on the state’s Gaming Commission’s “Black Book” which would bar him from entering casinos in the gambling capital of the world.
In 2008, Simpson was found guilty of kidnapping and armed robbery after he tried to reclaim his football memorabilia from collector Bruce Fromong at gunpoint with a company of armed men in one of the rooms of the Palace Station Hotel in Vegas. He was sentenced to 33 years in prison with a minimum of 9 years without parole. His parole was granted after the shortest possible time earlier this year, which received a great amount of media attention.
And now “the Juice” is back in the news. Celebrity gossip website TMZ broke the story earlier this month that a “drunk and unruly” Simpson was forced to leave the Cosmopolitan Casino Hotel after the venue issued a trespass notice against him. His lawyer confirmed that to Associated Press later. However, the hotel representatives refused to do that, they released a statement saying that:
"The alleged reports are inaccurate” and “as a matter of company policy, we do not comment on patron information in respect to the privacy and security of our guests.”
The alleged offender was photographed by a radio announcer at the night of the incident at the casino.
O.J. Simpson was immediately contacted by his parole officer and was tested for drugs and alcohol, of which he tested negative according to his lawyer. So it seems his parole is not in danger of being revoked, but he may get banned from all Nevada casinos if he keeps misbehaving.
The Nevada Gaming Commission has a so-called “List of Excluded Persons” - colloquially known as the “Black Book” - created in 1973, which currently has 31 individuals on it. All casinos in Nevada are obligated to not allow those people in their facilities or else they can face sanctions from the Gaming Commission.
According to Karl Bennison, Chief of the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s Enforcement Division, however, Simpson’s behavior does not merit a spot on the list yet.
“A hotel/casino can exercise its right to trespass for a wide variety of reasons. The fact that an individual has been trespassed from a property or multiple properties alone would not be consideration for exclusion” - said Bennison.
Evidently, this is not the incident Simpson will be remembered for - his 1995 acquittal of murder charges is still one of the most controversial court decisions in US history.