The former American footballer, who was acquitted of double murder, posted a video on Twitter to weigh in on the scandal, and penned: “I understood the sentiment.”
The 74-year-old went on to say: “Every comedian in the country had an OJ routine.
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“Hey, look, it was unfortunate. I think Will was wrong.”
He was wrong but I understand the sentiment. pic.twitter.com/aURe1pyubg
— O.J. Simpson (@TheRealOJ32) March 29, 2022
It comes as Smith issued a public statement apologising for his ‘unacceptable and inexcusable’ behaviour on social media.
He wrote: “Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behaviour at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable.
“Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally.”
Directly addressing Rock, he continued: “I would like to publicly apologise to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be.
“There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”
The statement concluded by saying he ‘deeply regretted’ that his behaviour ‘stained’ an ‘otherwise gorgeous journey’.
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