If the producers behind 'The People v. O.J. Simpson' wanted to use the REAL statue of O.J. for that dramatic final scene Tuesday night ... all they needed to do was call the current owner, FLAVOR FLAV!
Turns out, the rap legend got the statue as a gift from radio host Mancow Muller -- who bought the statue at an auction for $3,250 back in 1999.
Flavor says Mancow gave him the statue as a gift a short time later -- and he's had it ever since.
In fact, Flavor says he once tried to return the statue back to O.J., but Simpson told him, "If I did they would just take it away again."
The "they" Flavor is referring to is the court -- which would confiscate and then probably sell it to help pay off the $33 million civil judgment to the families of Ron and Nicole.