Thanks to reader and alert barfly Eric from Hollywood for alerting us to an impromptu radio interview O.J. Simpson gave Saturday night at the Kendall Ale House (left).
The Juice raps for a few minutes with 640 AM host Andy Slater about Big Brown's Triple Crown loss ("I'm a big racing fan," Simpson says, adding, "Of all the athletes, horses are the most delicate.") and the death of sportscaster Jim McKay ("He was always a gentleman.").
Then Slater tried to go from fluffy to edgy. I guess he remembered that Simpson, besides being a Hall of Fame athlete, is also out of jail on bail pending an armed robbery and kidnapping trial in Las Vegas next fall that could send him to prison for life if he's convicted.
"A lot of people are going to say, 'Why are you talking to O.J. about sports and horses and broadcasters?' " Slater said. "So, you're obviously going through a lot right now. What's up with all that?"
O.J., who has an uncanny ability to stay on-message, portrayed himself as a victim.
"I've had to accept that I'm a target for a lot of people," Simpson said. "I feel like I've got a bull's eye on my chest and a dollar sign on my back."
He went on to talk about how proud he is of raising two "productive, proper" kids who are both now in college. "If you're going to judge me by what I've done in the past 10 years, look at my kids," Simpson said.
Listen to the whole Simpson interview here. ("I think he was a little buzzed," Eric writes.)