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Slain Man’s Father Offers To Melt Simpson’s Trophy

Fri., July 11, 1997

First Fred Goldman was threatening to destroy O.J. Simpson’s Heisman Trophy with a sledgehammer. Now, Goldman’s lawyer says he has a $1 million offer to melt it down on payper-view TV.

Daniel Petrocelli blurted out the information Tuesday night during an interview on the “Rivera Live” show on the CNBC cable network.

“Melted?” host Geraldo Rivera asked in apparent surprise.

“I hope that didn’t come across as a frivolous remark, but it’s very serious,” Petrocelli said. “We’ve received … a bona fide offer which we have checked into and have verified that this promoter will pay $1 million to broadcast on a payper-view basis the Heisman trophy being melted.”

Petrocelli did not name who was making the offer.

The trophy, the most coveted honor in college football, was awarded to Simpson in 1968. Simpson has said he believes the trophy is in trust for his children and hopes they get to keep it rather than have it go to Goldman.

Many of Simpson’s possessions have been seized to satisfy a $33.5 million wrongful death judgment in his civil suit. Simpson was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, but was held liable for the deaths.


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