Parole commissioner in O.J. Simpson hearing explains Chiefs tie

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You could say it's the tie that will forever bind Adam Endel to O.J. Simpson.

Endel, a commissioner with the Nevada Board of Parole, cast one of the four unanimous votes on Thursday to grant Simpson an early release from prison.

Endel did so while wearing a red and gold Kansas City Chiefs tie -- splashed with team's logos -- before Simpson and a national television audience.

"I realize some people are going to be upset I wore a Chiefs tie," Endel, who has served on the parole board since 2009, told The Kansas City Star. "That's OK. They can be upset."

He told The Star that he wore the tie for his friends back home and not for Simpson's sake.

"That's safe to say," said Endel, who grew up an hour outside of Kansas City and is also a Royals fan. "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."

Might spot? It was hard to miss.

"I can't match things very well," Endel told The Star. "So I have to wear solid colors most of the time. My wife's not around always."

Simpson, 70, played for the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers over 11 seasons, winning league MVP honors in 1973. He was convicted in 2008 of an armed robbery involving two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room. He could be out of prison as early as Oct. 1 after serving the minimum nine years of a 33-year sentence.