Disgraced American football legend and retired actor O.J. Simpson is reportedly planning to become a televangelist after his release from a five year prison term some time this Christmas.
The troubled star’s manager Norman Pardo told The Enquirer that Simpson found God in prison and has been ministering to inmates for a while now. He reportedly even converted his white supremacist cellmate to Christianity.
“O.J. is very religious now, and he’s been counseling other inmates with Bible studies for months,” Pardo explained in the report. “When I talk to him on the phone, all he wants to discuss is religion. He’s obsessed!”
Since December 2008, Simpson, 66, has been incarcerated at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada after he was convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping charges.
He has reportedly used his time behind bars to mend his ways and relationship with God and now wants to share his peace in a worldwide crusade billed “Holy Safari.”
One unnamed source close to the plans told The Enquirer, however, that Simpson is on a mission to dupe Christians.
(Photo: Reuters/Issac Brekken)O.J. Simpson listens as District Court Judge Jackie Glass (not in photo) reads his sentence at the Clark County Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas, Nevada in this December 5, 2008 file photograph. Nevada’s Supreme Court on October 22, 2010 refused to overturn O.J. Simpson’s 2008 robbery conviction for a bungled attempt to recover his own sports memorabilia
“O.J. will tell you that he wants to bring people together, but that’s BS as far as I’m concerned,” said the source. “There’s a lot of people sending bucket-loads of money to these TV preachers, and O.J.’s just looking to rake in millions from poor, unsuspecting Christians.
“It’s a dangerous idea to think of Simpson as a self-styled prophet who can reach people all over the world.”
According to the report, Simpson has been inspired by televangelist Frederick Price who broadcasts his “Ever Increasing Faith” ministries to 15 million followers weekly.
“If he can do it, so can I,” an insider said Simpson declared.
Simpson is not eligible for parole until 2017 but he has petitioned for a new trial and sources say the judge looking into the appeal is expected to grant the appeal releasing him on bail by Christmas.
A religious TV network is also reportedly in negotiations with Simpson’s team to carry his crusades and have already designed a promotional poster for it.
In the interim, Saylors Brothers Entertainment is working with Simpson’s manager to produce a documentary from taped interviews of the disgrace legend.
“O.J. has rediscovered his faith and we’re interested in working with him. We’ve come to the conclusion that prison has actually set him free,” said director of the documentary Kenny Saylors.