And so a week that began with stories about how 9/11 is receding ends with the perfect illustration. Acquaint yourself with the facts now; if he’s charged there shall be no refuge from the storm, especially on Fox.

Short and sweet: some of his memorabilia was being shopped last night in a Vegas hotel room when the Juice and a few “pals” came knocking. O.J. claims the goods had been stolen from him and that he was simply trying to take back what’s his. Problem is, he may have tried to do it “O.J. style”:

Alfred Beardsley, a sports memorabilia collector, says Simpson and his posse pretended to be customers who wanted to buy the suit Simpson wore when he was acquitted.

Beardsley says they entered the room and two men drew guns. He said Simpson was calling the shots during the alleged robbery.

Another witness who was there says he saw guns drawn, too. The Juice’s excuse? He was merely conducting a little freelance sting operation, presumably during his downtime while looking for “the real killers”:

“Everybody knows this is stolen stuff,” Simpson said. “Not only wasn’t there a break-in, but Riccio came to the lobby and escorted us up to the room. In any event, it’s stolen stuff that’s mine. Nobody was roughed up.”

Beardsley says “the group stole every piece of memorabilia in the room, including items signed by Joe Montana. They also took a case of never-released leather editions of Simpson’s book, ‘I Want to Tell You.'” The police mentioned photographic evidence at their presser a little while ago but that surely only refers to images of the men passing through the casino on their way to the hotel room.

His book’s out today, by the way. Go take a look at the jacket cover. What a country.

Update: Drudge has a fee-vah and the only pre— ah, forget it.

KFI’s John Ziegler quotes alleged victim, Alfred Beardsley: “O.J. told me, ‘If this happened in L.A. you’d be dead already'”… MORE… “They were black goons, a bunch of gang-bangers. Two of them had guns drawn. They took a bunch of game balls, awards that he had won. Over 200 signed photos. And by accident he took a bunch of Joe Montana memorabilia.” Developing…

Update: Say this much for O.J.: he sure is a convincing witness.

Simpson, who was in Las Vegas for a friend’s wedding, said he arranged to meet Riccio at the hotel. Riccio had set up a meeting with collectors under the guise that he had a private collector interested in buying Simpson’s items…

Simpson said he was accompanied by several men he met at a wedding cocktail party, and they took the collectibles.

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