O. J. Simpson: Former NFL Player Says Knife Found on Estate Is Not Tied to Murder of Ex-wife, Report Says

March 10, 2016 Updated: March 15, 2016

Retired prison guard Jeffrey Felix says that O.J. Simpson has a Johnnie Cochran-like saying regarding the reported rusty buck knife found at Simpson’s former Rockingham estate, according to Page Six’s Richard Johnson: “If the knife is rusted, I can’t be busted.”

The line is a play on Cochran’s famous line, “If [the glove] doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”

“He thinks it’s a total joke,” said Felix, author of “Guarding the Juice,” which is due to hit stores Wednesday.

“O.J. is laughing about it. He’s on top of his game. He’s like Muhammad Ali.

“He says almost every construction worker carries one of those folding knives. Anyone could have dropped it.”

Felix, who worked in Nevada’s Lovelock Correctional Center, knew Simpson for seven years and says he’s a model prisoner. “All he thinks about is parole.”

Simpson, who was found not guilty in 1995 for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, is serving nine to 33 years for a 2008 kidnapping and robbery case in Las Vegas. He is due to go in front of a parole board in November of 2017.

The LAPD has said they plan to test the five-inch fixed-blade buck knife, which was allegedly given to a retired LAPD motor officer in 2002 by a construction worker.

“It was an old dirty rusted knife,” says Los Angeles attorney Trent Copeland, who represents the retired police officer George Maycott.

Copeland says Maycott originally called the West LA division of the LAPD about the knife after receiving it in 2002, but was told, “We don’t want to have anything to do with this. O.J. Simpson has been acquitted. There is double jeopardy. Even if that knife had blood all over it there is nothing we can do.”

The knife remained in Maycott’s toolbox for 14 years until he mentioned it to a police detective friend who contacted Robbery-Homicide, which contacted Maycott. Maycott then voluntarily gave them the knife.

“[O.J.] is a little worried because if it’s one his pocket knifes and, if it’s got his blood on it, that could make him look bad when he’s up for parole,” Simpson’s former manager Norman Pardo explained to PEOPLE.

“That’s really his only fear. Personally, I think it belonged to a construction worker and fell out of his pocket. Honestly, I don’t think it pertains to anything,” Pardo said.