In 1962, future Pulitzer Prize–winning author Alex Haley sat down with jazz musician Miles Davis for what would become an institution of American journalism—the Playboy Interview. To celebrate the Interview’s 50th anniversary, Playboy has culled 50 of its most (in)famous Interviews and will publish them over the course of 50 weekdays (from September 4, 2012 to November 12, 2012) via Amazon’s Kindle Direct platform. Here, a glimpse at our conversations with the infamous football star O.J. Simpson from the December 1976 and October 2003 issues.
“People never hear what happens to most players after their careers—which average only about five and a half years—are over. When all that adulation is withdrawn, it’s traumatic, Jack.”
“Most people don’t know what was a rumor, what was true. There’s a lot of money to be made by continuing the OJ. story. The other day I was trying on a pair of golf gloves, and the next day it’s in the papers. The guy in the store sold the story. Negative stories sell. It’s just like the reactions from people on the street. They have never been as bad as the media have made them out to be. The media want me to be this pariah, and I’m not.”
“There was the one incident that everyone knows about. Her mother and her best friend said publicly, “Nicole came in the room and attacked him.” I never made any bones that I reacted wrongly. They investigated, went to every girlfriend I’ve ever had, and my girlfriends stood up for me. How many guys in this country can go back their whole lives, and their exes all have nothing but good things to say about them? Yet I’m this poster boy for abuse. That bothers me. As an adult I’ve never had a fight with anybody. Sometimes you have to check a guy who gets a little out of line, but you don’t hit him.”
“I feel in my heart that I got off because I was innocent, but I don’t know if I could have proven my innocence if I didn’t have the money. And that’s a shame. Yes, it is a shame that in this country it costs so much to get good representation.”
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