Last week, we told you that the trophy finally turned up after mysteriously disappearing in January. But nobody knew who had taken the $400,000 statue.
Now the last piece of the puzzle is in place, courtesy of Newsweek. The magazine says Simpson's talent agent, Mike Gilbert, had the coveted prize all along.
Apparently, Gilbert, had been promised "memorabilia" to settle Simpson's unpaid bill, Newsweek reported. He swiped the trophy from the Rockingham estate on March 28, just minutes before Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies showed up to seize Simpson's assets.
(The deputies were collecting valuables for the families of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman to satisfy the $33.5 million civil judgment owed them by Simpson. In case you forgot, the former football star was found liable in the wrongful deaths of his ex-wife and her friend in January.)
Gilbert finally turned the trophy in to sheriff's deputies last week. However, authorities say the trophy will have to be authenticated since it was missing its nameplate. Said plaque contained a misspelling that reportedly made the trophy more valuable.
Simpson's lawyers recently struck a deal with the Browns that lets them keep the 1968 award--college football's top honor--until O.J.'s son Justin turns 18.
That doesn't sit too well with lawyers for Goldman's father, Fred. They've accused Simpson's lawyers of colluding with the Browns, asserting that O.J. wants to keep his money away from Goldman's family. In fact, Goldman attorney Daniel Petrocelli is so steamed that he might seek contempt citations against anyone involved in the heisting of the Heisman.