Members of the O.J. Simpson jury said today it was lack of evidence and not the "race card" that led them to acquit the former football star in a verdict that has sharply divided Americans along racial lines.

In the last emotion-charged days of the Simpson trial, defense attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. had urged the predominately black jury to "strike a blow against racism" by acquitting Simpson of murder charges and compared retired detective Mark Fuhrman to Hitler. After the verdict Tuesday, Robert L. Shapiro, another member of the defense team, accused his colleague of dealing this race card "from the bottom of the deck."

But today juror Brenda Moran, a 45-year-old computer technician, singled out the Los Angeles Police Department's handling of the case as the major factor in the verdict. "We didn't even deal with that deck, period, from the bottom. We didn't even get to that issue," said Moran, who is African American.

Rejecting Los Angeles District Attorney Gil Garcetti's characterization of the acquittal as a decision "based on emotion that overcame reason," Moran said her decision was based not on emotions, but evidence. She said the acquittal had nothing to do with Simpson being a hero to the African American community, and she did not think of him as a hero today.

"I was brought up to love everyone. I'm not for anyone, yellow, black, blue, green. I'm just for justice," she said.

In his first direct comment on the trial, Simpson tonight accused prosecutors and commentators of distorting the evidence to make him look guilty. During a hurried telephone interview on CNN's "Larry King Live," Simpson said that "pretty soon I'll have enough to say," but tonight talked mostly of his "basic anger" at misrepresentations of testimony during the trial.

"Fortunately for me, the jury listened to what the witnesses said" and not "Marcia Clark's or {Christopher} Darden's or anyone else's renditions of what was said," Simpson said, naming two of the prosecutors.

Juror Gina Rossborough, a 29-year-old postal worker who is also African American, said on "Oprah" that she came to the case with "reasonable doubt" and the testimony reinforced that doubt. Asked whether the defense played the race card, she replied, "I didn't feel there was a racial issue."

The comments by the two jurors echoed the views of Lionel "Lon" Cryer, a black 44-year-old telephone company marketing representative, who told the Los Angeles Times that he and other jurors were suspicious of much of the prosecution's evidence because there were many opportunities for contamination.

"It was garbage in, garbage out," said Cryer, a former Black Panther Party member who raised his left arm in a clenched-fist salute to Simpson as the panelists walked out of the courtroom on Tuesday.

On the day after the conclusion of a nearly nine-month trial that captured the attention of the nation, most members of the jury of 10 women and two men maintained their public silence about the case and the reasons for their swift verdict. Simpson was charged in the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald L. Goldman.

Simpson spent the day at his estate, secluded from the reporters and camera crews still crowding the streets in his Brentwood neighborhood. Simpson was reunited with his two young children, Sydney, 9, and Justin, 7.

In an earlier interview with CNN, Simpson said his happiness over the verdict was clouded by grief. "I haven't really had a chance to grieve," he said. "Yesterday it was a festive mood at the house. But at the same time my kids don't have a mother. People don't seem to understand: I loved that woman."

Moran appeared to feel misunderstood as well. At a news conference she held with her attorney, Robert Ball, on the roof of a parking garbage behind his Beverly Hills office, she seemed hurt and astonished by the criticism the verdict has drawn.

"I didn't come here to serve as a sequestered juror for nine months to be really humiliated like that," she said. "I feel myself and all the other jurors, we did this on the advice the court gave us: Weigh the evidence. We were fair. It wasn't a matter of sympathy; it wasn't a matter of favoritism. It was a matter of that evidence."

Wearing a canary-yellow suit and white pumps, the soft-spoken Moran faced more than 30 television cameras and hundreds of journalists. She seemed bewildered by the attention; even a television helicopter hovered above the news conference. Tuesday night she called Ball, who has represented an association of black police officers, to help her handle the avalanche of media requests.

The first question was whether she believed in her heart that Simpson was guilty, but felt compelled to acquit him because the prosecution had not proven its case. Those were the feelings of another juror, Anise Aschenbach, a 60-year-old white woman, according to her daughter, who spoke to ABC News. Moran denied that she felt the same way. Moran's heart and her verdict appeared to be in accord.

"Mr. Simpson was not guilty. It was not proven. I didn't have enough evidence to convince me he was guilty," Moran said.

Moran insisted she liked the prosecution, she "really did," but their emphasis in the case, it appeared, was far wide of hers.

"The domestic abuse. To me that was a waste of time," she said. "This was a murder trial, not domestic abuse. If you want to get tried for domestic abuse, go in another courtroom and get tried for that."

Surprisingly, her most serious questions centered on lead detective Philip Vannatter, rather than Mark Fuhrman, the retired detective whose racist views became a major element in the trial. "We didn't touch on Fuhrman that much," she said. What most disturbed the panel, she said, was the fact that Vannatter had carried a vial of Simpson's blood to Brentwood from police headquarters, where it was taken from Simpson before his arrest, rather than immediately handing it over to the police laboratory in the same building.

"Why didn't he book it?" she asked.

She also felt that Vannatter was lying when he said Simpson was not a suspect when Vannatter and three other detectives went to Simpson's estate the night of the murders. It was then that Fuhrman spotted the glove, the blood on Simpson's Bronco and other evidence.

As for the glove found in the narrow walkway behind the Simpson estate, she considered it questionable not so much because of Fuhrman's racism, but because of how the glove looked when it was found.

"When the glove was found, it was covered with blood, but the pathway had no blood, no blood on the leaves or the ground, nowhere down that pathway," Moran said. "So why was there so much blood on that glove and not a drip of blood on the ground anywhere around on that pathway?"

Asked if she thought Fuhrman planted the glove, she replied, "Somebody planted it."

Moran dismissed the importance of the tape-recorded interview with a North Carolina screenwriter in which Fuhrman made his racist remarks. She indicated, however, that she put little credence in Fuhrman's testimony. She said it was a letter that defense witness Kathleen Bell wrote to Cochran that stuck in her mind.

"When I read the letter, {Fuhrman} had made a statement that a white woman and a black man together -- I know he didn't like that, but -- if he stopped them for any reason and there was no problem, he would find a problem. So that made me -- in my mind, he was not credible, I couldn't believe anything that he would say."

Moran also had questions about the socks found in Simpson's bedroom. She stopped short of saying police planted Nicole Simpson's blood on the socks, but she seemed convinced -- by the defense's testimony that blood seeped through to the interior when a foot was not in it -- that something was amiss.

It was Simpson's grimacing attempt to put on the gloves, one found at the crime scene at Bundy, the other at Simpson's estate, that weighed more heavily. "In plain English, the gloves didn't fit," Moran said.

Ball, Moran's lawyer, said she was a veteran of five previous juries, and it was she who suggested that jurors take an anonymous straw poll when deliberations began. She said she was not sure who stood where in the 10 to 2 vote that resulted, but said that one of the two was a white juror. Nine blacks served on the jury, along with two whites and a Hispanic.

Moran said the jury did not hear of any evidence not presented in court, and that the sequestration process kept jurors isolated. She acknowledged she wondered why Fuhrman did not testify. Answering a grab bag of questions raised by the final days of the trial, Moran said her tears during Cochran's closing arguments had nothing to do with race, but her memories of her sister, who died in a car accident.

Ball said that pressure about violence breaking out if Simpson had been convicted had no bearing on the jury's decision. The jurors did not look at Simpson when they said they had reached a verdict on Monday because they "were trying not to tip the hand. They tried to have poker faces," Ball said.

One key element in Moran doubting the prosecution's case, Ball said, was that when she viewed the Bundy crime scene, the "close confines" led her to believe that whoever was involved in that struggle with Ronald Goldman would have been covered in blood and bruised, and Simpson was not. CAPTION: Juror Brenda Moran said the panel "did this on the advice the court gave us. . . . We were fair." CAPTION: Juror Brenda Moran, surrounded by reporters and accompanied by lawyer Robert Ball, leaves news conference held at rooftop parking garage.