The lawyer doth protest too much, methinks. It took just two words to set him off on a three-minute rant, and accuse ESPN of spreading fake news.
One of Thursday’s hot breaking news items was a Nevada parole board’s decision to grant convicted felon and former actor and football great O.J. Simpson parole after serving nine years at Lovelock Correctional Center for armed robbery.
The two words that set Malcolm LaVergne, Simpson’s lawyer, off on a tirade were Jeffrey Felix, a former correctional officer at the facility where Simpson was incarcerated.
He’s also the author of a self-published tell-all book, “Guarding the Juice: How O.J. Simpson Became My Prison BFF.”
“Listen, do you know that Jeffrey Felix is a complete fraud?” LaVergne began. “Can’t you tell that that guy is the biggest fraud on the planet? You can’t see that that guy is a massive fraud?”
“He self-published a book, that should have told you already one thing,” the lawyer continued. “I’ve said a million times through your producers that this guy is a fraud and a phony, and every single thing he has in that book is made up.”
“So I don’t want to take any questions from you, because you have gone on and perpetrated a fraud for this Jeff Felix, who is supposedly the ‘guarding the Juice guy,’ you embarrass and make a mockery of the corrections officers over here who are doing a really good job” LaVergne told the ESPN reporter.
The lawyer even took a shot at Felix’s hairstyle.
“I mean, you see that mullet and how his hair is dyed right?” he asked. “You don’t buy credibility from people who are like that, who even look like that.”
He closed by saying that he was going after the former correctional officer’s pension.
“I’m starting the process right now of getting his pension stripped,” LaVergne announced. “So let’s see how he likes that when he sees the consequences of his actions right now. So I’m just going to yank his pension benefits. Next question.”
That night Felix appeared on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
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Simpson also denied the allegations made in Felix’s book.
“I didn’t say anything bad about him in the book,” he told Carlson. “That was horrible.”
“I stuck up for him and he ran me over,” Felix added.
“I haven’t read your book, it’s on my nightstand,” Carlson told him. “Apparently you have a chapter describing his private parts? The whole chapter?”
“That was more my co-writer’s idea,” Felix responded. “After seeing that and after seeing him, I felt inadequate about myself.”
“OK. without getting into any more of those details, thank you very much, maybe that’s why he’s annoyed?” Tucker suggested.
“How can you be annoyed about that? That’s a compliment. If you say he’s not working with anything, that would be horrible.”
At that, Carlson closed the interview.
“I’m siding with O.J. all of a sudden, Jeffrey, so we’re going to have to cut this segment short,” the Fox News host said. “But thanks a lot for joining us.”
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