The documentary traces Simpson’s stardom in the NFL and crossover success as an actor and TV pitchman to his recent imprisonment for a robbery and kidnapping conviction years after he was acquitted of his ex-wife’s murder in a trial that captivated the nation.
The story will also examine the racial tensions that prevailed in Los Angeles at the time of the trial.
The once-beloved football player became infamous for beating murder charges in the 1994 deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman. He was acquitted in the sensational 1995 criminal trial, but was later found liable for the deaths in a subsequent civil suit brought by the families of Brown Simpson and Goldman.
The ESPN series comes at a time of renewed attention to the case and Simpson’s story.