Will Smith’s decision to slap Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars led to some unexpected ramifications.
For starters, it completely stole the show at the awards. Nothing that happened before or after the moment mattered, including Smith’s Best Actor victory for his portrayal as Richard Williams in King Richard.
Beyond that, it also led to a cascade of sports media personalities speaking out about what transpired. Everyone from tennis GOAT Serena Williams to polarizing Patrick Mahomes wife Brittany Matthews weighed in.
Most importantly, though – it was so shocking of a moment that it led to Venus Williams suffering a wardrobe malfunction when it happened.
The reactions on Twitter poured in immediately:
— jacob galea (@jacob_rihanna) March 28, 2022
The optics were bad to say the least. Although nobody has mentioned Venus Williams’ wardrobe malfunction during Will’s acceptance speech now.
— RAIDER MAN VAN (@RaiderManVan) March 28, 2022
For anyone who missed the original incident, here is the madness that unfolded:
UNCENSORED WILL SMITH FOOTAGE AS SHOWN ON AUSTRALIAN TV pic.twitter.com/NcRfdjWxqe
— David Mack (@davidmackau) March 28, 2022
That’s certainly a cause-your-breast-to-pop-out-of-your-shirt moment if ever there was one.
Interestingly enough, while Smith has received something of a polarizing reaction for opting to get violent with Rock, at least one person seems to be in his corner: son, Jaden.
And That’s How We Do It
— Jaden (@jaden) March 28, 2022
Rock, for what it’s worth, seems eager to move past the incident. When given the opportunity by the LAPD to press charges after the fact, he passed.
It will be interesting to see how things proceed from this point forward.
The photos speak for themselves. https://t.co/1CASGWbqpZ
— Game 7 (@game7__) March 27, 2022
In a sports week that saw an NBA player getting entangled in a transgender model dispute and LeBron James’ purported side chick sue another player – it feels like nothing is too crazy to be real.
How will this mess play out from here? Time will tell.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.