Lawyer Chris Darden is not amused by the support for O.J. Simpson. The former Los Angeles prosecutor weighed in on the recently unshelved Fox special, “The Lost Confession,” and he held nothing back.
“Twenty-five years of nonsense and now here he is to explain to all of the naysayers and all of the doubters,” Darden says of the special in which Simpson gives a hypothetical account of what could have happened if he did murder his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and restaurant worker Ronald Goldman.
“That was my glove, I left it. Nobody planted it. Nobody planted it,” said Darden reciting O.J. Simpson’s words from “The Lost Confession?”
Darden is referring to evidence of a bloody glove found at the crime scene, while the other glove was discovered behind Simpson’s home in Brentwood. Both gloves, according to investigators, contained DNA evidence from Simpson, Brown and Goldman. During the trial, Darden believed if Simpson would try on the glove, the demonstration would be a pivotal moment in the case. He told Los Angeles’ NBC 4 in 2014 that he “looked at his hands and I looked at the gloves and I thought they would fit.”
The moment the glove didn’t fit spurred a well-known catchphrase from Simpson’s lawyer, Johnnie Cochran: “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”
When host Soledad O’Brien says he sounds “furious” about the outcome, Darden goes on to explain how he felt when he saw rapper Kanye West in a “Free O.J.” shirt a couple of years ago.
“Well, you freed him and look at what you freed,” he says.
And Darden wasn’t the only one sounding off on the special. Though not actually on the case, “The People vs. O.J.” actress Keesha Sharp played the wife of defense attorney Cochran on the FX series.
Ahead of the program airing Sunday, March 11, Sharp told TMZ photogs she wasn’t sure she’d tune in, but feels that Simpson wasn’t innocent as it was ruled during the Trial of the Century.
“I think people know point blank period that he did it,” she says. “Most Black folks today … believe he did it. I think there was a time back then that people didn’t hear all the details.”
She said once the civil case came three years after Simpson walked free in 1994, “people changed their mind in terms of who did it.”
“I haven’t met one person who thinks he’s [innocent],” Sharp continues. “[Not] one Black person that I know. And they used to think that. Now they’re like, ‘He did it.'”
And it seems her thoughts on folks’ change of heart have been echoed on social media. And yet others had differing thoughts.
— I am that 1 in ten thousand…🤴🏿 (@_kellyocean) March 12, 2018
— acinoM anigeR (@TheMFWIC) March 12, 2018
This is a confession. Some writers aren't even this detailed. OJ Simpson went into a rage, blitz killing Nicole and Ron #DidOJConfess
— Stephanie. (@qsteph) March 12, 2018
OK, I gotta ask. Who greenlit this “release” of this “lost” confession from OJ Simpson. Cause nearly 12 years ago, there was enough public outcry that the whole thing got shelved. And who benefits (besides Fox) from this even coming out?
— “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.“ (@jmark79) March 7, 2018
To put this #didojconfess scenario into context. Years ago a book publisher gave OJ simpson a book deal to create a "hypothetical murder" narrative. And part of the deal was for him to elaborate that narrative in detail. And now they are framing it as an actual "confession". #smh
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) March 12, 2018