The world of Twitter is alive with opinions about the Thursday parole hearing for Inmate 1027820. Perhaps one of the funniest theories is that a Nevada parole commission board member is trolling O.J. Simpson with a Kansas City Chiefs tie. A football-related tie typically wouldn't carry significance in a court hearing, but in the case of Simpson, a former NFL running back for the Buffalo Bills and later, the San Francisco 49ers, the tie could be perceived as a tongue-in-cheek accessory of choice.
"This parole board dude trolling O.J. in his Kansas City Chiefs tie," comedian and author Sarah Colonna observed on Twitter. The comedian and public figure was far from alone in her speculation about the possible shade thrown by the tie. The #OJSimpsonParole hashtag was full of reactions to the Nevada parole commission board member's Kansas City Chief's tie.
Another Twitter user, Michele Szynal also hypothesized about the tie as a possible gesture. She wrote, "This parole board member is wearing a Kansas City Chiefs tie? Is that some sort of signal?"
According to his online bio, the parole commissioner Adam Endel graduated from Central Missouri State University, and is an avid Chiefs and Royals fan. Regardless of whether Endel's tie was chosen out of spite or mere coincidence, his ensemble not only sparked jokes, but interesting facts about Simpson's NFL career.
During the livestream, the NFL writer Adam Rank tweeted about Simpson's past plays against the Chiefs. "Fun Fact: O.J. Simpson ran for 157 yards and 2 TDs against the Kansas City Chiefs in 1973, the year he rushed for 2,003.
#OJSimpsonParole," wrote Rank.
While the Twitter has had it's hay day speculating over the possible bias presented by Edel's tie choice, his real allegiances will soon be revealed with the commission board's decision. If all four board members unanimously vote for Simpson to receive parole, he will be released from the Lovelock Correction facility as soon as Oct. 1.
However, if the vote isn't unanimous, they'll need to call in two additional standby board members from Las Vegas. If four of the six vote yes, he'll be freed in October. If not, Simpson will be denied parole for six months, before receiving another trial on January 28.
The stakes are high all around. So, it's no wonder that the public is waiting with baited breath for a final decision on the possibility of Simpson's freedom in October.