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O.J. Simpson goes viral again for pushing for golf courses to stay open during coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 1:55 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 20:19:55-04

O.J. Simpson is going viral again for controversial comments on Twitter.

On March 18, Simpson took to Twitter after finishing a round of golf. Simpson made it clear that he doesn't belive that closing golf courses because of the potential to spread the new coronavirus are necessary.

The Twitter video has been viewed almost half a million times since March 18.

Simpson says that golf is the only exercise that "older guys" get and that it is the only exercise they get. He follows that by making a joke about how he will end up in the "insane asylum" if he can't play golf for a month.

Many of the responses to Simpson's video are critical and accuse the former football legend of being tone deaf and potentially helping spread the coronavirus.

13 Action News has also received multiple phone calls from the public, wanting to know why people are still being allowed to golf if nonessential businesses have been ordered to close, including gyms and other recreational facilities.

In last Friday's order, golf courses were listed as nonessential. However, the order stipulated that "golf and country clubhouses, not to include golf activities outside clubhouse settings" must close.

13 Action News is in the process of reaching out to various golf courses to find out what actions they are taking to protect golfers.

Simpson also went viral with a post in early March that showed him outside of a Costco store with a load of toilet paper and water. At the time, he asked "Who's afraid?"