Long prior to Keeping Up v the Kardashians to be on E!, the family moniker was a household name because that a an extremely different reason. Robert Kardashian, aka Kim, Khloé, Kourtney, and Rob"s dad, was a member the O.J. Simpson"s legitimate defense team while the previous NFL player to be on trial for the killing of Nicole Brown Simpson and also Ron Goldman. Before that, Kardashian and Simpson had actually been friends for decades.

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Viewers that Ryan Murphy"s drama The human being v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story could remember a ham-fisted minute where Kardashian, play by David Schwimmer, speak his four children that "fame is fleeting." But, while the Kardashians space not happy with the dramatic portrayal the the case and their family, it got one point right: Kardashian and Simpson were close pals. Here"s what you need to know around how the unlikely pair met and also how your friendship progressed over the years.


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As The Los Angeles Times report in 2003, O.J. Simpson and also Robert Kardashian both saw the college of southern Carolina, but their paths did not cross top top campus, together Kardashian was ahead the Simpson in school. Follow to the paper, the two men met "on a tennis court" in 1969 and went on come play many more games that tennis with each other as their friendship developed. By the time Simpson"s killing trial took location in 1995, the men had actually been inseparable for decades.


They to be so close, in fact, that Simpson was an water level at Kardashian"s wedding come Kris zener (then Kris Houghton), per the Times. And Kardashian was with Simpson the night he met Nicole Brown, the record noted. After the pair"s corresponding weddings, their families remained close and also spent holidays and also vacations together, and Jenner and Brown go on to become close friends, together their husbands had been. Eventually, Kardashian and also Jenner divorce in 1991, while Brown and Simpson divorced in 1992 — however the two males remained friends v it all.


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Five work after the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and also Ron Goldman, Robert Kardashian review what appeared to be a suicide note written through his friend, per Vanity Fair. In the letter, O.J. Simpson wrote that the was no responsible because that Nicole"s murder and also that the pair had "mutually i agree to walk our separate ways."


"I have actually nothing to carry out with Nicole"s murder. I loved her; always have and constantly will. If we had a problem, it"s due to the fact that I loved her so much," O.J. Wrote in the letter. He additionally thanked several of his girlfriend by name, consisting of Kardashian, whom he referred to as "Bobby."

Kardashian read the note aloud come the media, every HuffPost, the same day as the notorious white Bronco follow took place. And also Kardashian to be on the phone v Simpson during the chase. As HuffPost noted, Simpson "was stop a gun come his very own head" during the chase, follow to driver A.C. Cowlings. The previous football star did not take his very own life, yet the reading of the keep in mind was plenty of people"s very first introduction to Robert Kardashian.


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Robert Kardashian did no hide his near friendship with O.J. Simpson during the trial. Instead, he witnessed it together a strength. "I know O.J. Better than anyone on the legitimate team," Kardashian said to the Los Angeles Times in July 1994. "There space so many things ns know about his personality. My job is really strategy and liaison between the lawyers and also O.J."


It renders sense, then, that Kardashian was the "Dream Team" member that talked to Simpson daily, every the Times. Your close bond likewise explains why Kardashian "reactivated his license to practice law," the document reported; he had previously stopped practicing, concentrating instead on his company deals. But given the pair"s an individual history, Kardashian returned to the courtroom to defend his friend.

In a June 2019 Twitter video, Simpson said, "Bob Kardashian was like a brothers to me, he to be a great guy," therefore the respect was mutual. (Simpson also clarified that he is no Khloé Kardashian"s father and also never had actually "any attention in Kris," in spite of longstanding gossip.)


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Even though he reactivated his legal patent to defend his pal, Robert Kardashian later on wondered if O.J. Simpson to be guilty the Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman"s murders. Per the Los Angeles Times, Kardashian composed a letter come Kris Jenner and the couple"s four kids the night before the trial, i beg your pardon said, "I truly believe in O.J."s innocence and unless they find him guilty, ns will continue to support him." but after the evidence was presented, Kardashian reportedly reconsidered a couple of things.

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"I have doubts," Kardashian said to Barbara Walters during a 20/20 interview in October 1996, per the Times. "The blood proof is the biggest thorn in mine side; that causes me the biggest problems. So i — I battle with the blood evidence."

Kardashian ultimately died from esophageal cancer in 2003. Simpson, meanwhile, "served ripe years in prison for robbery and also kidnapping over an effort to steal ago some the his sporting activities memorabilia native a las Vegas hotel room," every the Associated Press. He was subsequently released in October 2017 and also told AP in June 2019 that "life is fine" for him post-prison.