Will Smith has apologized for his part in what happened at the Oscars on Sunday?
Rock hasn’t made any public comments about Smith slapping him even though support in the industry has been on his side. The reactions are still coming in though.
Even from Richard Williams.
Will received his first Oscar for his portrayal as the father of Venus and Serena and it was long overdue. Richard isn’t pleased with the slap though.
In a statement to NBC News, Williams says.
The father of Venus and Serena Williams said Monday he condemns violence a day after Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars ceremony — and then won an Academy Award for playing him in the movie “King Richard.”
“We don’t know all the details of what happened,” Richard Williams, via his son Chavoita LeSane, told NBC News. “But we don’t condone anyone hitting anyone else unless it’s in self-defense.”
LeSane said his father was as surprised as anyone when Smith suddenly retaliated against Rock for making a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, at the Sunday spectacle.
But LeSane, who has been serving as Richard William’s spokesman since his 80-year-old father had a stroke, declined to go beyond his statement when asked for comment on Smith’s Oscar acceptance speech.
In it, Smith tearfully apologized to the academy but also likened slapping Rock to Richard Williams defending his daughters as he coached them into tennis superstars.
“I look like the crazy father, just like they said about Richard Williams,” Smith said. “But love will make you do crazy things.”
In Will’s apology, he did mention the Williams family so that’s a positive.
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