#TheJuiceIsLoose: Twitter reacts to O.J. Simpson being granted parole

Former NFL football star O.J. Simpson enters for his parole hearing at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev., on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Simpson was convicted in 2008 of enlisting some men he barely knew, including two who had guns, to retrieve from two sports collectibles sellers some items that Simpson said were stolen from him a decade earlier. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - It's official: "The Juice" is loose. Translation: Orenthal James "O.J." Simpson will soon be released from prison on parole - as early as Oct. 1.

The 70-year-old former NFL great, football commentator, actor and infamous double-murder defendant, who has been jailed at Nevada's Lovelock Correctional Center since 2008 for assault with a weapon and armed robbery, emerged victorious from his parole hearing Thursday. He had been sentenced to 33 years with the possibility of parole after nine.

In a 4-0 vote, the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners unanimously agreed to grant parole to the 1968 Heisman Trophy winner.

Former Clark County District Attorney David Roger, who prosecuted Simpson, recently said, "Nine years is a pretty long time for armed robbery here in the state of Nevada," KSNV reported. Some speculate his long sentence was impacted by his notoriety in 1995's "Trial of the Century," in which he was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

On Thursday, just about every news channel carried Simpson's parole hearing, echoing America's mid-'90s obsession with his televised double-murder trial.

All day, Twitter was buzzing with trending hashtags on the hearing, from #OJSimpsonParole to #ojparole to #FreeOJ.

Immediately after Simpson was granted parole, a new phrase climbed the trending charts: The Juice is Loose.

"The Juice is Loose" T-shirts were also selling online.

Many tweets compared Simpson's 1995 trial and 2017 hearing.

Then came the memes.

Some Twitter users feel it would be fitting for Simpson to leave Lovelock in a White Ford Bronco - the same vehicle in which he led police on a chase that led to his arrest 23 years ago.

Earlier this year, Ford announced it was bringing back the discontinued Bronco. Someone suggested Simpson take the new ride for a spin - but Ford says it won't be available until 2020.

Some took to Twitter to express their belief that Simpson would soon wind up back in prison ...

... or perhaps return to sports.

Rounding out Thursday's post-hearing tweets were references to FX's Emmy Award-winning miniseries "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story."

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