Disgraced former NFL star OJ Simpson is expecting to receive a multi-million-dollar payday for his first post-prison interview, sources say.
It comes as the one-time “Trial of the Century” defendant, now a convicted armed robber and kidnapper, was released from prison on Sunday.
And according to those close to Simpson, “he’s not talking for free”.
“It has to be the big one because he’s only going to do it one time and it has to be worth his while,” an anonymous source told The New York Post.
Simpson is expected to ask for $US3-5 million ($A3.8-6.4 million) for an exclusive sit-down interview.
NBC’s Matt Lauer, Megyn Kelly or Lester Holt, ABC’s Robin Roberts and Michael Strahan, or CBS’ 60 Minutes correspondent Oprah Winfrey are touted as the likely interviewees.
But if major networks aren’t willing to pay for the interview, Simpson’s acquaintance said never-before-seen photos and footage of OJ “could be a major deal” for popular US shows like Good Morning America and Today.
“They pay and he’s got photos from jail with his family and friends; he’s got some other stuff, too, that people have never seen before and this could be a major deal for any network, any show,” the source said.
Alternatively, the man nicknamed “The Juice” could star in his own reality television show, according to the source.
“OJ has his options open and that venue [reality TV] is something he could even be the executive producer on and have total say-so on,” he said.
“There are companies who have made it known that a television show documenting what he’ll be doing, how he’ll greet his kids and what’s his golf game like, is a viable and potentially lucrative project because people still care, they still want to see OJ for better or worse.”
Simpson, 70, served almost nine years behind bars for a 2007 armed robbery, in which he and several accomplices broke into a Las Vegas hotel room to steal pieces of memorabilia from two men.
He now faces parole supervision for another five years.
While out of prison, Simpson won’t have the liberty to consume alcohol in large quantities or associate out with ex-convicts.
The Nevada parole board forbids parolees from associating with convicted felons and people who engage in criminal activity, or possessing guns and drugs. Alcohol abuse can get a parolee hauled back to prison.
“You are permitted to consume alcoholic beverages but not in excess,” the conditions of parole supervision read.
“You shall submit to a medically recognised test for blood/breath content. Test results of .08 alcohol or higher shall be sufficient proof of excess.”
Simpson said during his successful parole hearing in July he hoped to move back to Florida, where he has friends and family.
However, Florida authorities have now said they don’t want him there.
“The spectre of his residing in comfort in Florida should not be an option … Numerous law enforcement officials in Florida agree with this position. Our state should not become a country club for this convicted criminal,” Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi wrote.
in the meantime, Simpson will live in a gated residence with unspecified friends in a wealthy Las Vegas suburb, several associates told CNN.
If the former football-star-turned-actor is paid for an exclusive interview, the money could very well be seized.
Simpson was found not guilty in a 1995 trial for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.
A civil court jury subsequently found him liable for the deaths and ordered him to pay $US33.5 million ($A42.7 million) in damages to the victims’ families, a judgement that remains largely unpaid.
Via Nevada Department of Corrections: a picture of OJ Simpson signing his paperwork for release from prison a short time ago pic.twitter.com/ZJzVuC1PX4
— Lisa Mirando (@LisaMirandoCNN) October 1, 2017
– with AAP