Bank Forces Fumble of O.J. Simpson's Home with Foreclosure

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 17, 2012

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 5:  OJ Simpson stands during sentencing at the Clark County Regional Justice Center December 5, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Simpson and co-defendant Clarence 'C.J.' Stewart were sentenced on 12 charges, including felony kidnapping, armed robbery and conspiracy related to a 2007 confrontation with sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel. (Photo by Issac Brekken-Pool/Getty Images)
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If this was any other ex-NFL player, we might say life was piling on.

But O.J. Simpson has put himself in this predicament, hasn't he?

The latest bleak chapter for Simpson—currently serving a nine-to-33-year prison sentence for kidnapping and armed robbery—is the foreclosure of his home.

From Curt Anderson of the Huffington Post:

Miami-Dade Circuit Court records show that JPMorgan Chase filed for foreclosure in September on the four-bedroom, four-bath house south of downtown Miami. Simpson's attorney has since filed a motion to dismiss the case, but there has been no further action since November.

Simpson bought the 4,233-square-foot house in 2000 for $575,000, property records show. Its current assessed value is $478,401, with property taxes of about $9,000. The 2011 taxes were paid in December.

Simpson has been leaking money since he lost the civil case that followed his acquittal in the criminal case over the slayings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. The jury in the civil case determined Simpson would have to pay $33.5 million to the Goldman family.

For those who felt Simpson was guilty despite his acquittal, this will serve as karmic justice, I'm sure.  Simpson hasn't exactly endeared himself to anyone in the years since.

There was the kidnapping and armed robbery of sports memorabilia collectors in Las Vegas back in 2007.

There was the book he ghostwrote, "If I Did It," which was a hypothetical recounting of how Simpson would have committed the murders if, you know, he was guilty of murder in the first place.

Now might be a good moment to clear your throat.

Publication of the book was halted rather quickly.

But a Florida bankruptcy court awarded the book to the Goldman family, who promptly added their own commentary and published the book under the title "If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer," making the "If" on the cover so small it was difficult to see.

It's been a long, hard and deserved fall from grace for one of the greatest running backs in NFL history.

So perhaps it is fitting that he would have his home taken from him.

For those who felt he was guilty in the first place, prison should have been the place he called home all of these years, anyway.


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