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OJ Simpson denies Florida house-hunting

MIAMI, May 5 -- O.J. Simpson, in Miami for a charity golf tournament to benefit the Sickle Cell Foundation, denies he is hunting for a house in the area. Simpson and his children were spotted at a trendy Miami Beach restaurant Saturday night, prompting renewed speculation he was house hunting.

Simpson says, 'I haven't looked at any houses and I never had anyone look for me, even though on the news they have me moving here.' Despite the denial, Simpson did not completely rule out a move later. He says, 'I was going to move here to south Florida years ago, before all this started.' Although acquitted of criminal charges in the slayings of his ex- wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman, the pro football Hall of Famer was found responsible for their deaths in civil court. Simpson is facing a $33.5 million judgement in that case. He replied, 'I can't afford it,' when asked if he wanted to buy a vacation home in south Florida, joking, 'The only way I can pay my bills now is I've got to play golf.' Before leaving for the Bahamas today (Monday), Simpson played golf at Don Shula's Golf & Country Club in Miami Lakes. Shula is the former coach of the the Miami Dolphins NFL team, a longtime rival of Simpson's Buffalo Bills. He said, 'Everyone's always been nice to me in Miami, except the Dolphins. They've never been nice. I'm going to take as many divots from Shula's course as I can to get even.' Simpson is due back in Miami Wednesday for the opening reception of a celebrity golf tournament to benefit sickle cell research. ---

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