Yankees Affiliate Cancels 'OJ Trial Night' Promotion

Charleston RiverDogs Back Down After Hearing Criticism

Ryan Chatelain
March 06, 2020 - 1:07 pm

At one minor league ballpark, this O.J. Simpson case has been dismissed.

The Charleston RiverDogs, a Class A affiliate of the Yankees, announced Thursday they have canceled their "OJ Trial Night" promotion, which had been scheduled for May 26.

The event, which appeared on the team's promotional schedule for the upcoming season, promised to offer a "juicy spin" on the Simpson murder trial, which happened 25 years ago and ended with the Hall of Fame running back being acquitted of killing his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman. 

O.J. Simpson watches his former defense attorney Yale Galanter testify during an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court on May 17, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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But the idea was quickly greeted with backlash from people who thought it was in poor taste.

“After taking a step back and having further reflection on the overall message that was being conveyed, it was the responsible thing to do,” team president Dave Echols said, according to the Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina.

The promotion apparently would have had to do more with orange juice (get it?) than the disgraced football star, who later served nine years in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping related to a separate incident.

“The trial of the century gets a juicy new spin. We will finally receive the verdict that everyone has been waiting for … pulp or no pulp?" the RiverDogs wrote in their promotional description.

“Fans will act as our jury, voting with custom paddles to reach verdicts on various topics throughout the night. The eyes of the nation will be upon us. Fans will receive an “OJ Trial” shirt upon entering the stadium. If the shirt don’t fit, you must … see if we have a different size.”