independent– Boris Johnson made a joke about the OJ Simpson trial as he struggled to put on a pair of surgical gloves during a visit to a coronavirus vaccination centre in Wales.
A microphone caught the prime minister referring to the infamous moment in the 1995 murder trial when a glove was found not to fit the former American football star.
“I’ve got it, I’ve got it, I’ve got it,” said Mr Johnson, as he wrestled with a blue latex glove. “It’s like OJ Simpson!”
The nurse helping Mr Johnson at the Cwmbran vaccine site was heard politely saying “absolutely” during the awkward moment, having apologised for giving him “the smallest gloves”.
Simpson was acquitted of the murder of his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goodman, but a US civil court jury later found him liable and he was ordered to pay $33.5m (£25m) in damages.
A crucial part of Simpson’s defence was the claim he could not get his hands into black leather gloves found at the murder scene, having struggled to put the gloves on in a dramatic courtroom scene. “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit,” said his lawyer Johnnie Cochran.
It is not the first time Mr Johnson has courted controversy during his trips to hospitals and other health facilities during the pandemic.