The Will Smith-Chris Rock scandal hasn't only been the talk of the town amongst actors and other film industry players, but celebrities from different fields have shared their thoughts on it as well. The most recent to chime in is NBA icon Charles Barkley, who briefly looked back on his rough past.
100 percent wrong
Barkley is well-aware that the incident has been the talk of the town for pretty much the entire week. Many people have shared their thoughts who castigated either Smith or Rock. Some even slammed both. For Barkley, Smith was on the wrong end of the spectrum.
"I love Chris Rock, I love Will Smith. Will was 100 percent wrong. Let's just leave it right there. I don't want to pile on. But I love Chris Rock. I love Will Smith but Will Smith was 100 percent wrong. That's it," Barkley said, per The Dan Patrick Show.
Barkley's verdict on the matter echoed the general sentiment of the people. While some have applauded Smith for standing up to his wife Jada, they also felt he should not have resorted to violence.
Barkley looked back on his days as a youth to beef up his argument, mainly when he was around 25 or 26 years old. He admitted that he'd been arrested several times for failing to control his temper
"I think I've been arrested four, five times for punching people, and I was wrong when I did it. It was an overreaction. Part of our job is to get heckled and people say stupid stuff to you. By the time I was 25 or 26, I was an idiot for overreacting. Unless someone physically comes at you, you grow up. I'm almost 60 years old now. And the stuff you do when you're 25, 26 when somebody heckles you, you can't do it. That goes with the job," Barkley said.
Interestingly, Smith also mirrored Barkley's statements about their occupation as celebrities. In his apology, Smith said that it's part of their job to be the butt of jokes. Smith admitted that he could not control his emotion upon hearing the joke about his wife's condition.
As of writing, the Academy is still looking closely into the slapping incident. The Academy tweeted that it "does not condone violence of any form right after the scandal." Does this mean that Smith will suffer the same fate as Barkley when the NBA legend punched people in the face? Is the Academy going to strip him of his Best Actor award? This remains to be seen, even though it's unlikely they would actually do something like that.