Will Smith slapped Chris Rock while he was on stage hosting the Oscars last month. After receiving tremendous condemnation, Smith was barred for a decade from attending the Oscars ceremony and other Academy activities.
The Academy also issued a statement thanking Rock for “maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances”. While the two actors had made up with each other backstage, it seems that not everyone is at peace with the slapping incident. One of them is Chris Rock’s brother, Kenny Rock.
Kenny Rock has recently signed up with Celebrity Boxing founder Damon Feldman for a match in Florida in June. While his boxing bout has been scheduled, his opponent is still to be announced.
When asked by TMZ if Chris and Will should settle the incident in the boxing ring, he volunteered himself instead. “No, they shouldn’t [fight] – but I should get in the ring with Will Smith.”
He also stated his doubts about the ten-year ban Smith received from the Oscars, questioning whether they would actually uphold the sanction. “We have to see if he’s actually going to get the ten-year ban. They might say a ten-year ban and after three years they’ll think we may have forgotten about it and they’ll slide him in there after two years, three years, five years.”
While Smith hasn’t issued any reply to the challenge, it’s doubtful that he will accept the offer at this current situation.
Luthfi Prawiro is a writer based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has a strong passion for combat sports and a BA in Psychology. His undergraduate thesis was on the Sports Psychology of MMA.