BET Awards In Memoriam Tribute Catches Heat After O.J. Simpson's Inclusion

The families of the late Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman are calling out BET after the network included O.J. Simpson in its in-memoriam awards show segment.

The former NFL star, though now disgraced, rose to fame after setting multiple records as a running back with the Buffalo Bills during the 1970s. He later was accused of the double murder of his ex-wife, Brown Simpson, and her friend, Goldman, in 1994, in a case that has become known as the "trial of the century."

During the 2024 BET Awards on Sunday night, June 30, the late football player was included as part of a tribute recognizing impactful Black celebrities who died over the past year—a move that struck a chord with the families of his alleged victims.

"I think they shouldn't include anyone of that caliber—a wife beater, murderer—can't imagine why they would include someone like that," the father of Ron, Fred Goldman, told TMZ of his surprise at Simpson being included, further insisting that the network should issue an apology.

The parent of the deceased also said he feels that it's a slap in the face to his and Brown Simpson's families.

Nicole's sister, Tanya, echoed the same sentiment, telling the outlet, "It's inappropriate to give an abuser and murderer recognition."

"Whoever thought of doing that owes every domestic violence victim an apology… and that’s including our family. And, they should be fired," she doubled down.

As for the highly-publicized trial, Brown was acquitted of the criminal charges. However, he was found liable for both wrongful deaths in a 1997 civil suit and was ordered to pay $33.5 million in damages to the families.

The scandal-embroiled former athlete died on April 10, 2024, of prostate cancer. He was 76 years old.

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