O.J. Simpson's longtime associate and former manager Norman Pardo says the disgraced NFL star got a raw deal, particularly involving If I Did It.
He spoke out again Tuesday, on the 20th anniversary of Simpson's infamous arrest for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
Pardo claims O.J. didn't write the controversial book If I Did It, the 2006 tome which explores how Simpson would've hypothetically probably killed people.
If he did it, that is. If.
Personally, we feel that this alternate title and cover (above right) would have been more appropriate under the circumstances, but alas, we digress.
According to Pardo, Simpson agreed to claim authorship of If I Did It after being promised a $600,000 payout by NewsCorp and its subsidiary ReganBooks.
"I remember when that book was coming out. O.J. called me. He said, 'Here's the deal,' because it was in the news that he was going to do an interview."
"I said, 'O.J., don't do it, it's stupid.' He said, 'Hey, they offered me $600,000 not to dispute that I [wrote] the book.' He said, 'That's cash.'"
"I said, 'They're going to think you wrote it.' He said, 'So?'"
"'Everybody thinks I'm a murderer anyway,'" the Juice reportedly told Pardo then. "'They're not going to change their mind just because of a book.'"
Amid public outcry, the project was yanked, and in 2007, the family of Ron Goldman acquired its rights to satisfy the 1997 wrongful death suit against O.J.
So what creep was actually behind the words in If I Did It?
"A ghostwriter for [the book's publisher] wrote the book. [O.J.] was going to do an interview to say, 'I wrote the book, blah blah blah,' and they give him money," Pardo said.
O.J.'s right about one thing in that people do believe he probably killed people - exonerated in the eyes of his Lord as he may be (in his warped mind).
That book? Not exactly a positive PR move, however.