The Los Angeles Lakers team is one of the most storied franchises in the history of sports due in part to the legend of the team’s owner, the Buss family. From the ‘Winning Time’ docu-drama series on HBO to the Buss’ answer to that series with the new “Legacy: The True Story of the L.A. Lakers” documentary, the world can’t get enough of the tales behind the veil of the purple and gold.
Jeanie Buss, president of the Lakers, went to “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” last night and dished on a little-known “weirdest thing” that happened during her tenure at the franchise, and all roads led to O.J. Simpson.
“You just can’t get away with everything, right?”
On the weirdest thing that happened while handling the Lakers, Jeanie Buss shares this story on OJ Simpson 😳
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“What’s the weirdest thing that’s happened at a Lakers game you’ve been to?” guest host Desus Nice asked Buss.
“Umm, you know, I guess the weirdest thing was right after O.J. Simpson was acquitted, he…”
“You can just stop there,” Nice interjected to the laugh of the audience.
“He was coming to a game and I had to talk to the staff and say, ‘You know what? He’s just like anybody else who has a ticket. We have to show him, you know, respect and make sure he’s treated like any other paying guest.’
“So he came to a game, but he illegally parked at the Forum,” Buss said. “So his car was towed. So, you know, you just can’t get away with everything, right?”
Shade much, Jeanie?
O.J. Simpson has remained one of the most polarizing people on the planet and especially in Southern California, since his October 1995 acquittal of the murder charges of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. In a separate civil trial, however, he was found liable for their deaths and was ordered to pay $33.5 million in damages to the families.
He eventually went to prison in 2008, for nine years after being convicted of armed robbery in Las Vegas. Simpson allegedly led five men, including two with guns, to confront sports memorabilia dealers at a casino hotel. He was eventually granted an early release in 2017 for good behavior.
His murder trial was one of the most polarizing cultural incidents in the history of America. It made a superstar out of his defense team in the late Johnnie Cochran and Robert Kardashian, with the children of the latter having become ubiquitous reality TV stars.
However, for Buss, Simpson is clearly a sore subject as her saltiness was apparent with the “you just can’t get away with everything, right,” comment.
“Michael Jordan is the greatest of all time” – Jeanie Buss
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Recently, Buss entered the debate about who is the greatest basketball player of all time when she appeared in a trailer for the next NBA 2K video game. Her answer was not acceptable to Laker nation.
The new game now features the “Championship Edition,” which allows fans to relive some highlights of Michael Jordan’s career at key points in his life, from playing for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels to the league as the star of the Chicago Bulls.
Buss weighed in during a commercial, saying that Jordan “is the greatest of all time.” Using her Simpson stance, is that her “you just can’t get away with everything, right,” dig at LeBron James?
Buss is flexing now more than ever.