*O.J. Simpson, serving time in Nevada since 2008, has turned to Islam in a bid to change his life….according to the National Enquirer.
Juice was sentenced to a total of 33 years in prison on charges of kidnapping and armed robbery over a theft of sports memorabilia at the Palace Station hotel-and-casino in Vegas.
After seeing his appeal for a re-trial quashed and being informed in July 2013 he will serve at least another four years, Simpson has turned to Islam to apparently make peace with his situation.
“O.J. really thought that he was going to be successful in a bid for a new trial and eventually be released from prison,” a source told the tabloid. “But now he’s not eligible for parole until late 2017, which has angered him.”
The 67-year-old was apparently introduced to the religion through his friendship with former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, who was imprisoned in the early 1990s and is a devout Muslim.
According to the Enquirer, Simpson has been studying the Koran but couldn’t stop snacking during the holy month of Ramadan.
“O.J. didn’t quite make it through the entire fasting process,” the source said. “He cheated during the day, and bought snacks from the prison canteen. But he’s really serious about converting to Islam. O.J. even made himself a prayer rug for his prison cell. He really likes the idea that upon converting to Islam, all of his previous sins are forgiven. O.J. has a lot to be forgiven for.”