O.J.. Simpson / Julie Jacobson, AP
Don't believe everything you read on the Internet.
An attorney for O.J. Simpson says that, contrary to reports last week, his client has not asked President Obama for a pardon.
For one thing: Simpson, the acquitted murder suspect now serving time in Nevada on a robbery charge, would have to ask the state's governor for clemency, not the president.
Attorney Osvaldo E. Fomo also told the Washington Post that, again contrary to viral reports, Simpson does not have brain cancer.
"I can assure the Post that Mr. Simpson, health-wise, is absolutely just fine. He's looking forward to his appeal," Fomo told the Post.
The Post also reports:
"Late last week Internet posts about the former football star's failing health began to pile on top of one another. An anonymously reported National Enquirer story was at the bottom of the heap. Outlets like the UK's Daily Telegraph, The Washington Times, the Examiner and the Huffington Post, all quoted the Enquirer story that claimed the 66-year-old Simpson, who's currently serving 33 years for robbery, begged the president, 'Please, don't let me die in prison.'
"Fomo said the Simpson team gets a laugh out of tabloid reports. 'I guess it's a good way to sell newspapers.' Although we assume they aren't chuckling too hard. Simpson's bid for a new trial was denied last November."
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