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Parole board member at O.J. Simpson hearing purposely wore Chiefs tie

The Nevada Board of Parole commissioner who became an instant Internet sensation by wearing a Kansas City Chiefs tie to O.J. Simpson’s ultimately successful hearing on Thursday admits he wore the NFL-themed accessory on purpose.

Adam Endel told The Kansas City Star’s Sam Mellinger that the deliberate wardrobe choice wasn’t didn’t cause him any concern as to how it would be taken. What’s more, the Chiefs tie was less about Simpson and more about getting a rise out of his buddies.

“Yeah, that’s safe to say,” Endel, who grew up just outside Kansas City, admitted. “It was one of those little things I figured someone might spot from Kansas City, but I didn’t realize it was going to blow up that much. It’s crazy now.”

Crazy might be an understatement. Endel’s Chiefs tie almost overshadowed the fact that Simpson was fighting for his freedom, something he was ultimately rewarded by the board. Simpson is expected to be released after about nine years in prison by October.

Endel even caught the attention of the Chiefs, who tweeted out praise in response to the tie choice.

While Endel cannot recall the last time he wore the now-infamous tie, he plans on wearing it again with more regularity in light of everything that’s happened. And for that, he has no regrets.

“I realize some people are going to be upset I wore a Chiefs tie,” Endsel said. “That’s OK. They can be upset.”

[Pro Football Talk]