OJ Simpson Says He ‘Understands’ Why Will Smith Slapped Chris Rock At The Oscars

OJ Simpson claims he 'understands' why Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars.
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OJ Simpson, whose parole recently ended, has claimed he ‘understands’ why Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars over a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith. 

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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“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 want to [b****] slap a couple of them, but you got to accept that it’s human.

“Hey, look, it was unfortunate. I think Will was wrong.”

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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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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.