The Juice pounded two No. 4 combos from a Nevada McDonald’s as his first post-prison meal during the long road to Sin City.
Released prisoner O.J. Simpson gobbled down the fast-food feast after slipping out of Lovelock Correctional Center under the cover of darkness Sunday.
“He said, ‘It’s better than prison food, but it’s not what it’s all cracked out to be,’” Simpson’s attorney, Malcolm LaVergne, told the Daily News.
“He was happy to be eating something on the outside,” he said.
The Las Vegas attorney declined to identify which franchise the convicted robber stopped at for his first official meal as a free man — or where he was headed during what appeared to be a tedious road trip.
A Splash News paparazzo stumbled upon former prisoner No. 1027820 still wearing his jailbird garb and fueling up with a mystery driver at an Amargosa Valley gas station, about an hour out of Las Vegas.
“I’m in a car for the last five hours, so how do I know how it feels to be out,” Simpson retorted, when asked about his release.
Simpson’s lawyer took partial credit with the state’s Department of Corrections for helping his 70-year-old football legend leave the prison “in a safe and secluded manner” – minus the media spotlight – just eight minutes after midnight, when he was eligible for release on parole.
Correctional officials said Simpson packed four boxes stuffed with legal papers, clothes and a prison hot plate, and loaded his possessions into a white SUV waiting for him in the prison’s dark and lonely parking lot.
The lawyer says Simpson will remain in Nevada for an unspecified amount of time, while state parole officials say the parolee will be living in the Las Vegas area for now.
State Parole and Probation Capt. Shawn Arruti said Simpson has only one approved residential plan – and it doesn’t include Florida.
Arruti noted that Simpson’s living situation could change in the future.
“It’s his choice,” LaVergne maintained.
Eventually, LaVergne says Simpson will find his way to Florida, the state where he has friends, two children – and a state Attorney General that doesn’t want him.
The lawyer offered a blistering critique of the state’s prosecutor, Pam Bondi, for penning a three-page letter Friday asking the Sunshine State’s Department of Corrections to prohibit Simpson from moving to Florida.
LaVergne said Simpson’s decision to stay in Nevada had nothing to do with Bondi’s demands.
“Florida is the end game. He has every right to go to Florida,” the lawyer said. “The days of telling black people where they can and cannot live is long gone.”
Until Simpson’s cross-country move, LaVergne said his client is going to do “ordinary things” in his temporary home.
“He’s not going to be an ultra-recluse guy sitting in a house with once-in-a-decade sightings,” LaVergne said. “He’s not going to be the guy that’s out and about all the time either.”
As a parolee, Simpson can’t leave the state of Nevada without advance approval from his parole officer.