Richard Williams, the father of Serena Williams, has pleaded with Will Smith to atone for the event that took place at the 2022 Oscars.
The Dolby Theatre audience watched in stunned silence as Chris Rock was smacked across the face by Smith after the comedian made a joke about his wife’s severely cropped head.
Richard supported Smith on the UK television program “Good Morning Britain,” stating he didn’t see anything wrong with what the actor did to Rock.
The 81-year-old pleaded with the public to pardon Smith and stressed that he did not feel sorry for the comic.
“I’ll always stand by him,” Richard disclose further “I think he has done the best thing he needed to do, but I would never be disgusted with Mr. Smith. Matter of fact, I appreciate Mr. Smith.
“I’m 81 years old but when I was about 51 years or younger, I almost killed any damn one, so I think Mr. Smith done a great deal now.
“It’s time for everyone to forgive Will Smith.”
The former tennis instructor requested the AMPAS to remove Smith’s 10-year ban.
The maximum amount of time should be one day, he continued.
Richard’s viewpoint arrives at approximately the same time when Rock mentioned the incident still hurts.
“They claim that words hurt. Anyone who claims that words hurt them has never received a blow to the face, the comic claimed, Smith had expressed regret for his behavior, calling it “unacceptable.”
“There is no part of me that believes that was the appropriate course of action at that time. I feel a great deal of regret, and I’m trying not to feel embarrassed of myself, he said.”