When you've recently been accused of domestic violence like Columbus Short -- and you're also facing charges for allegedly beating up a guy -- cracking an O.J. Simpson joke is ill-advised ... but he did it anyway.
We got Short at LAX on Sunday ... and asked him about his Monday court dates for both pending cases. Short dropped an incredibly dated O.J. trial reference in response and when we asked an O.J. follow-up question ... he dropped a second domestic violence-related answer.
As we reported, the ex "Scandal" star is trying to become a stand-up comedian.