That’s right, we’re now linking to National Enquirer stories. My journalism professors would be proud. View this with a grain of salt if you must, but it’s worth passing along (I think). O.J. Simpson was reportedly “beaten unconscious” in a Nevada prison yard.

Inmates cheered as a muscular young skinhead knocked him to the ground, punching and kicking him to a bloody pulp and inflicting injuries so severe he secretly spent nearly three weeks in the infirmary before he recovered.

The humiliating beating left 63-year-old Simpson in agony – and threw him into a spiral of depression so deep that he’s now afraid to venture out of his cell, divulge sources.

Embarrassed by the fact that their most famous inmate was battered while in their custody, prison authorities have done their best to keep the incident secret.

Earlier this month, the former MVP running back had a petition for a rehearing denied. The 64-year-old was sentenced to a maximum of 33 years behind bars, with the possibility of parole after nine.

Good news! While the Enquirer has the exclusive story, we’re the only outlet with exclusive video of Simpson recovering in the infirmary…