On June 12, the anniversary of the murder of OJ Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown, Simpson launched his Twitter account. Within days, Simpson is already under fire for his use of the platform, accused of sending seven direct messages threatening the owner of @KillerOJSimpson, a parody account based on the controversial former football star.
In less than a week, Simpson’s Twitter account – @TheRealOJ32 – amassed approximately 700,000 followers. The Football Hall of Famer’s first post, a video, racked up over 12.3 million views in a matter of days.
Coming Soon!!! pic.twitter.com/R1tXOuuLgO
— O.J. Simpson (@TheRealOJ32) June 15, 2019
On Wednesday, a video was posted on the @KillerOJSimpson account that appears to show a direct message exchange between the parody account owner and Simpson which quickly became threatening.
The first message Simpson allegedly sent to the parody account, according to a report by the Daily Mail, read: “Delete this account or I will have my lawyer remove it for false misleading content I didn’t post.”
Thanks to all my new followers. Love learning how to use Twitter. pic.twitter.com/J4JnN59yKl
— O.J. Simpson (@TheRealOJ32) June 16, 2019
When the owner of the parody account refused, Simpson seemingly replies, “’Like I said, delete this ‘Parody’ account as you call it or face serious consequences by me. I’ll find your a** one way or another so don’t mess with me. I got nothing to lose. Grow up.”
After sending back a thumbs up and knife emoji, the account that appears to belong to Simpson wrote, “You think I’m playing? Tired of all your bulls**t. I WILL FIND YOUR A** AND CUT YOU — Don’t believe me? Just watch and see b***h.”
The parody account replied, writing: “Dude there are others that literally have more followers than me and more convincing than mine. LMAO You gonna cut me? Awesome. Is that what you said to Nicole?”
The football stars account then appears to reply with a series of 16 knife emojis and the words, “You next.”
It isn’t currently clear whether the direct messages were crafted by Simpson, if his account was hacked, or if the images in the video were altered to make it appear as if messages came from Simpson but actually didn’t.
If Simpson did write the messages, it could be a violation of his parole. Simpson was released in 2017 from a Nevada prison and is currently on parole.
— O.J. Simpson🔪 (@KillerOJSimpson) June 17, 2019