“I thought it was just wrong,” Fred Goldman, Ron Goldman’s father, told NBC News. “It’s hard to imagine that he would fall in the same category as the vast majority of other people they honor.”

The inclusion of O.J. Simpson in the BET Awards “In Memoriam” segment on Sunday has sparked outrage among viewers and the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.

O.J. Simpson, known for his NFL fame, became infamous after being accused and acquitted of the 1994 murders of his ex-wife, Brown Simpson, and her friend Goldman. Simpson died of cancer in April at age 76.

Fred Goldman, Ron Goldman’s father, told NBC News on Monday that including Simpson in the tribute was inappropriate. “I thought it was just wrong,” Goldman said. “It’s hard to imagine that he would fall in the same category as the vast majority of other people they honor.”

Tanya Brown, Nicole Brown Simpson’s sister, told TMZ: “It’s inappropriate to give an abuser and murderer recognition. Whoever thought of doing that owes every domestic violence victim an apology … and that’s including our family. And, they should be fired.”

BET did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The “In Memoriam” segment included Simpson alongside revered figures such as acting legend Louis Gossett Jr. and baseball icon Willie Mays. Several viewers were also upset by his inclusion.

“I nearly changed the channel once OJ Simpson popped up on the screen during that in memoriam at the Bet Awards 2024. Like no…. He should have been excluded,” a viewer wrote on X.

“You put O.J. SIMPSON in the “In Memoriam” slideshow, but not Andre Braugher?!?! Really, #BETAwards? REALLY?!?!” another wrote.

“OJ Simpson? Sigh… BET really be just doing s—. #BETAwards,” another user wrote.

Brown Simpson, 35, and Goldman, 25, were found stabbed to death outside her Los Angeles home in 1994. Simpson, a Hall of Fame running back and successful actor, was named a murder suspect soon afterward. He evaded arrest in a televised police chase in a white Ford Bronco that mesmerized the nation.

His 1995 trial, broadcast daily into millions of homes, became a public spectacle and a cultural milestone. Simpson was acquitted in a controversial verdict that rocked the country.

However, two years later, he was found civilly liable for wrongful death in the double homicide case. A jury ordered Simpson to pay $33 million to Goldman’s family in the civil case — damages that were never paid in full before he died.