MIAMI -- O.J. Simpson contended yesterday that the media have convinced the public he is guilty, and he said he hopes the real killer is found so that he can have the pleasure of proving people wrong.
''My prayer is that it will be solved so that I can go to so many people that I felt I had to be nice to," he said in an interview marking the upcoming 10th anniversary of the slaying of his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson. ''I've always been a gracious winner and loser. Only this time, I don't think I'd be gracious."
On June 12, 1994, Simpson's former wife was slashed to death along with a friend, Ronald Goldman, outside her Brentwood condominium. The subsequent trial riveted the nation's attention. Simpson was acquitted, but some people think he got away with murder.
In a wide-ranging interview, Simpson faulted the media ''for convincing the American public I was guilty." He said he sees the same thing happening in some of today's high-profile criminal cases.
''You can't watch the media now and not think that Michael Jackson, Scott Peterson, and Kobe Bryant are guilty," the former football star said, adding that the coverage is very slanted against black defendants.
Simpson said he has given up his search for the ''real killer" because of the demands of raising two teenagers and paying for their education. ''I no longer have the money to pay to follow up these leads," he said.
He said he has never discussed the slayings with his children, Sydney, 18, and Justin, 15, because they never asked.