LAS VEGAS (KSNV NEWS3LV) — 4:50 A.M. UPDATE
O.J. Simpson's friend from Naples, Florida, Tom Scotto, says he was with the former football great after he was freed from a remote Nevada prison.
Scotto said in brief text messages early Sunday to The Associated Press that he was there but couldn't talk.
Scotto didn't say where they were going or whether Simpson's sister, Shirley Baker of Sacramento, California, or his daughter, Arnelle Simpson of Fresno, California, were with him.
The three attended Simpson's parole hearing in July at Lovelock Correctional Center in northern Nevada.
O.J. Simpson is no longer an inmate at Lovelock Correctional Center.
According to the Nevada Department of Corrections, Simpson was discharged at 12:08 a.m. on Sunday.
Simpson told the Nevada Parole Board he wanted to return to Florida where some of his children live, but Florida authorities have now said they don't want him the Sunshine State.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi wrote:
"Floridians are well aware of Mr. Simpson's background. Our state should not become a country club for this convicted criminal."