'They're his gloves; there's no doubt,' Darden told 'The View'

By Oliver Gettell
Updated June 23, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
ABC/ Lou Rocco

One of the iconic lines to emerge from the O.J. Simpson murder case was defense attorney Johnnie Cochran’s oft-repeated phrase, “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”

Simpson was famously acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, but two decades later, prosecutor Christopher Darden still believes the key piece of evidence that inspired Cochran’s refrain — a pair of blood-stained leather gloves — did indeed fit Simpson.

During an appearance on The View on Thursday, Darden said he doesn’t consider it a “bad moment” in the trial when he asked Simpson to try on the gloves in an attempt to link him to the murders. Simpson appeared to struggle to put the gloves on, though the episode is open to interpretation.

“I think it’s a wonderful moment, actually,” Darden said. “A lot has been said about these gloves …. I sit back and watch my former friends and former colleagues talk about that. I think they’re being disingenuous in some ways.”

He continued, “I stood there with [Simpson]. I let him put those gloves on. And why not? They’re his gloves. There’s no doubt. There are pictures of him wearing those same gloves. … They’re his gloves, and the gloves fit the same way they had always fit him.”

Darden also brought up another dramatic moment in the case, when reports emerged that Simpson allegedly confessed his guilt during a jailhouse conversation with minister and former football player Rosey Grier. “I think he confessed it in the L.A. County jail,” Darden said, “but we weren’t allowed access to the conversation.”

Watch Darden on The View above.