O.J. Simpson, a disgraced former sports hero, has commented on the slap heard around the world, stating that Will Smith shouldn’t have hit Chris Rock.
In a video on Twitter, Simpson addressed the Oscars incident last Sunday, expressing his regret and believing that Smith was in the wrong.
He also observed that he understood Smith’s sentiments, since numerous performers in the past have “had an OJ routine.”
“It was unfortunate. I think Will was wrong. Look, I understood the feeling. In my life, I’ve been through a lot of crap when I was raising two young kids and every comedian in the country had an ‘OJ routine’, and don’t think I wouldn’t be slapping a couple of those guys.
“But, you getting slap is human. I’d even think it’s all that egregious. I thought it was a semi-unfunny joke but I don’t know. I don’t get it. I know this. after what happened to me in Las Vegas, if I would have done that in front of a billion people watching around the world, they would have given me life without. I’m just saying.”
He was wrong but I understand the sentiment. pic.twitter.com/aURe1pyubg
— O.J. Simpson (@TheRealOJ32) March 29, 2022
Given Simpson’s long background in courtrooms and jail cells, it seems odd that he would speak on the subject of “right versus wrong” in this instance. Of course, there was the murder trial, during which he was accused of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson. After 11 months in court, a jury found him not guilty of murder.
In 2008, Simpson was arrested for armed robbery and sentenced to a lengthy prison term. He was released in October 2017 and has been active on Twitter since then, offering social commentary on current events.
Smith has apologized for his conduct since the incident, acknowledging that he was out of line. Rock, who has not issued a statement on the issue, has declined to do so so far. Smith’s actions have been condemned by numerous celebrities, including Richard Williams and Zoë Kravitz.
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