Former NFL player OJ Simpson has opened up about Will Smith beating Chris Rock at the Oscars – the Fresh Prince star has since apologized for his actions on social media
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OJ Simpson has defended Will Smith for his actions at the 94th Academy Awards. The acclaimed actor took to the stage and banged Chris Rock after the comedian made a joke regarding wife Jada-Pinkett’s battle with alopecia.
He sauntered back to his seat and yelled, “Keep my wife’s name out of your damn mouth!” not just once, but twice. The audience was in complete shock, as was Rock, who was visibly shaken by what was taking place as he attempted to compose himself.
Many have spoken out about the incident, including Simpson, who has come to terms with it Twitter in support of Smith. The 74-year-old released a clip sharing his thoughts on the incident, which became the talk of the town.
“It was unfortunate, I think Will was wrong. Look, I got the feeling,” said the former NFL star. “I’ve been through a lot of crap in my life raising two young kids and every comedian in the country had an OJ routine and I don’t think I wouldn’t want that [b**ch] hit a few of them, but you have to accept that it’s human.
“He was wrong, but I get the sentiment,” OJ continued in the clip. “‘But you have to accept that’s human, I didn’t find that outrageous…it was a half-funny joke.” Smith won a best actor Oscar for his role in King Richard, a biopic about the life of Richard Williams and how he coached Serena and Venus Williams to become superstars in tennis.
He has since apologized again, this time on Instagram and referred to Chris Rock as well as the prestigious award ceremony. “Violence in all its forms is poisonous and destructive,” Smith began.
“My behavior at the Oscars last night was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s health was too much for me and I reacted emotionally.’ I want to apologize to you publicly, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong.
“I’m embarrassed and my actions were no indication of the man I want to be. In a world of love and kindness, there is no place for violence.” He added, “I also want to apologize to the Academy, the show’s producers, all contestants and all viewers around the world.
“I would like to apologize to the Williams family and my King Richard family. I deeply regret that my behavior marred what was otherwise a wonderful journey for all of us.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/other-sports/american-sports/oj-simpson-will-smith-slap-26597209 OJ Simpson defends Will Smith after Chris Rock hits as he 'got the feel'