OJ Simpson is a celebrity behind bars, and even has his own flat-screen TV, according to a former prison guard.
Jeffrey Felix says he became Simpson’s friend at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada.
Felix has written a book about Simpson’s life behind bars, Guarding The Juice, How OJ Simpson Became My Prison BFF.
“He's ‘The Juice.’ He's OJ Simpson. He does his thing,” Felix told IE.
Simpson's flat screen TV is made from clear plastic and designed so prisoners can't hide contraband inside.
“He likes to keep up with the Kardashians. He likes to keep up with all the gossip with them,” Felix said.
Simpson's fascination with the Kardashians stems from his close friendship with the late Robert Kardashian, one of Simpson's trial attorneys.
Felix says he even asked Simpson about reports that he is Khloe Kardashian's biological father.
“I went to OJ in his cell and said look: ‘It's me, Juice. Be straight with me, this is between you and I. Are you Khloe’s dad?’ And he looked straight at me and said: ‘My very best friend was Bob Kardashian. I wouldn't do that to him.' Those were his exact words,” Felix said.
Simpson can't watch the hit FX series The People Vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story but he's reportedly unhappy that Cuba Gooding Jr. is playing him. Simpson said he believes Gooding isn't tall enough or handsome enough.
Felix says the 68-year-old is treated like a celebrity.
“He's allowed to cut in front of lines. The other inmates don't care. He can go to the front of the line for chow, he can go in front of the line for canteen he goes to the front of the line for clinic for his pill call,” he said.
His life of ease includes poker games, and umpiring softball games. He even coaches a prison softball team called the White Sox. But he's counting the days until his release, which won't be for at least another two years.
“He's a model inmate in there and most of the inmates respect him,” Felix said.
In 2013, Simpson told a parole board: “I gave them my word that I would try to be, or would be, the best prisoner they've ever had here, and I think for the most part I’ve kept my word on that. I haven't had any incidents, despite what they say in the tabloids, I haven't had one incident since I came here.”