Beans, beans, they're good for your heart -- but not so much your waistline.
Just ask O.J. Simpson, who appeared last week in a Las Vegas courtroom looking a bit larger than his days on the gridiron. A jailhouse source tells the New York Post that the former football star can thank pork baked beans for his belly.
“I gained weight eating all those beans, but just because I can’t get enough fruits and vegetables,” Simpson says. “My family’s been bugging me to stop with the beans.”
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The Juice will get all the fruits and veggies he likes if a judge decides his lead attorney dropped the ball on his 2008 trial so badly that he deserves a retrial. Simpson was convicted on 12 criminal counts and sentenced to nine to 33 years in prison.
For now, a hefty Simpson will have to put up with jokes about his weight, something the tabloids feasted on throughout last week's hearings. The New York Daily News quipped, "If the belt doesn’t fit, you must acquit." And the New York Post: "OJ does ‘lard’ time!"
Even a Yahoo! Answers user wants to know, "How did O.J. Simpson gain so much weight in prison?"
As for the question "Is O.J. Simpson getting out of Jail?" -- his attorneys like their odds.
"He has a very good chance now," Ozzie Fumo told the Associated Press. "I don't think the state was able to counter any of our issues."
If Simpson has his conviction tossed, it will be up to prosecutors to decide to retry him or offer a plea bargain. If Simpson loses, he will return to prison and likely file an appeal.