Plans to donate some infamous O.J. Simpson memorabilia to the Smithsonian are moving forward.
Everyone remembers where they were when O.J. was acquitted on murder charges. Now the suit he was wearing could be preserved for posterity. According to the Associated Press, a judge has agreed to let sports agent Mike Gilbert give the outfit to the Smithsonian.
"It’s part of American history," Mike told reporters in Santa Monica, California, on Monday. "People should be able to see it and reflect on what went so wrong for someone who had everything."
The former football was accused of killing ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman, in 1994. The trial captivated the nation, with support for O.J. largely being split down racial lines. Mike’s had the suit, shirt and tie that O.J. wore to his 1995 acquittal for years, and it was his idea to donate the garments.
O.J., who is currently serving a nine-year prison sentence on charges of robbery and kidnapping, agreed to let Mike ship it to the historic preservation institution as long as no one profited from the donation. Mike claims the outfit is worth $50,000. Selling the item would have helped settle O.J.’s $33.5-million debt to Fred Goldman, Ron’s dad.
But just because Mike is offering the suit, doesn’t mean the Smitsonian wants it. An unnamed official at the institute told TMZ.com that it’s “highly unlikely we will accept it."
No one has formally presented the acquittal suit to the Smithsonian yet, but it would have to pass through at least two museums for review. The official doesn’t think the items would make it through the process.
– Sonya Eskridge