AceShowbiz - %cO.J. Simpson% has been released from prison in Nevada after serving nine years for the crimes he committed in 2007. The former NFL star was set free from the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock on early Sunday morning, October 1 to avoid public scrutiny and the glare of the media.
Brooke Keast, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Department of Corrections, told CNN that Simpson was picked up by an unidentified friend. "I told him, 'Don't come back,' and he responded, 'I don't intend to,' " Keast recalled her last conversation with Simpson. "He was upbeat, personable and seemed happy to get on with his life."
Keast also said of Simpson's release in the middle of the night on a weekend, "Our biggest concern was our safety and the public's safety and not wanting anybody, paparazzi, to follow him. He left through a big blue door through the front gatehouse and exited quietly. He looked down because he didn't want to be photographed."
In a video obtained by ESPN from Splash News, the 70-year-old was waiting in a car after his release. "I'm in a car for the last five hours, so how do I know how it feels to be out?" he said from the back of a white SUV. "I've been in nowhere U.S.A. for the last nine years doing nothing. Nothing has changed in my life. What do you expect?"
He wasn't interested in taking questions from reporters, looking surprised after a first reporter approached him. "Man, how in the ... Have y'all been ... y'all stalking me?" he asked. Asked about his destination, he replied, "None of your business."
A Nevada parole official said Simpson planned to live at a home in the Las Vegas area for the foreseeable future. Simpson previously said he wanted to live in Florida, where he used to live and where he has friends and two children.
Simpson, who was sentenced to 33 years imprisonment in 2008 for kidnapping and armed robbery in Las Vegas in 2007, was granted parole in July through parole hearing. He will remain on parole until September 29, 2022. Under the conditions set by the Nevada parole board, Simpson is banned from consuming alcohol in large quantities or hanging out with ex-convicts or people who engage in criminal activity during his parole period.