O.J. Simpson has weighed in on Will Smith’s now-infamous slapping of Chris Rock on the Oscars, sustaining that he had proven extra restraint when coping with jokes from comedians.
Simpson, who was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife and her good friend following a high-profile 1995 legal trial however later discovered liable for their deaths in a civil lawsuit, reacted to the incident in a video shared to Twitter on Tuesday. Simpson’s tweet touted his personal restraint in avoiding violent reactions to jokes and included the caption, “He was wrong but I understand the sentiment.”
“It was unfortunate, I think Will was wrong,” Simpson stated within the video. “Uh, look, I understood the feeling…In my life, I’ve been through a lot of crap. I was raising two young kids and every comedian in the country had an O.J. routine, and don’t think I wouldn’t want to b-slap a couple of those guys.”
“But you’ve gotta accept it, it’s humor,” he added. “And I didn’t even think that was all that egregious. I thought it was a semi-unfunny joke, but I don’t know, I don’t get it.”
Simpson went on to say that he would have been sentenced to “life without” parole if he had lashed out in the same method, whereas referencing his 2008 conviction on theft and kidnapping expenses in Las Vegas. Simpson served virtually 9 years in jail earlier than being launched on parole in 2017. He has since been free of parole.
Simpson prefaced his remarks on Smith by saying that he had anticipated to get extra questions urging him to weigh in on a current change to the NFL‘s additional time guidelines. Previous to being accused of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her good friend Ron Goldman in 1994, Simpson was finest recognized for his soccer and appearing profession.
Some on Twitter reacted to Simpson’s video with what gave the impression to be references to the homicide accusations and mockery. Consumer @kadenktnk commented, “hell yeah OJ! you’ve always defended your wife.”
The Oscars incident, broadcast stay on Sunday, started when Smith approached Rock after the comic made a joke about his spouse Jada Pinkett Smith‘s baldness, which was brought on by the medical situation alopecia. Smith unleashed an open-hand slap to Rock’s face, picked up on microphones as a loud thump.
After being struck, Rock stated that the actor “just smacked the s**t out of me.” Smith returned to his seat and, visibly indignant, repeatedly shouted towards Rock to “Keep my wife’s name out your f**king mouth!”
Smith gained the Greatest Actor Oscar for his starring position in King Richard shortly after the incident, trying to elucidate his violent response and apologizing to the Academy and fellow nominees throughout his acceptance speech.
Rock acquired an apology from Smith on Monday. He has declined to press expenses.
Newsweek reached out to Smith’s publicist for remark.