Why Kareem Abdul-Jabbar isn’t impressed by Will Smith’s Oscar slap

It seems like former American basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is unfazed by Will Smith’s Oscar smash as the columnist shares his thoughts in a recent article.

Find out what the 74-year-old had to say about the Oscars fiasco after Chris Rock’s comedic joke upset Best Actor winner Will Smith.

According to Abdul-Jabbar, Smith’s violence against the stand-up comedian “also took a toll on men, women, the entertainment industry and the black community.”

HITC selected the insightful article along with fan reactions via social media and Will Smith’s online apology.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is not impressed

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was a former professional basketball player known as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and is now an award-winning columnist who writes his own articles on Substack.

The author recently published his opinion about Will Smith’s altercation with American comedian Chris Rock after his remark that Jada Pinkett Smith was jokingly insulted was not well received by her husband.

Abdul-Jabbar’s post, titled “Will Smith Did a Bad, Bad Thing,” states that the actor “did a lot more damage than just Rock’s face,” as he explained:

“In one stubborn swipe, he advocated violence, belittled women, insulted the entertainment industry and perpetuated stereotypes about the black community.”

According to the author, by hitting Rock, Will Smith “indicated that his wife was unable to defend herself — against words.”

Abdul-Jabbar later suggests that “the black community is also hit squarely by Smith” as he was allegedly violent and less able to control his emotions, similar to systemic racism’s characterization of black people.

Regarding the damage to show business, the columnist quotes:

“Smith’s violence is a tacit threat to all comedians who now have to worry that an edgy or offensive joke might be answered with violence.”

The basketball player-turned-journalist suggested that Jaden Smith’s tweetin response to the incident, the “saddest confirmation of this” is as it simply read:

“And that’s how we do it.”

A Twitter user named @RajaSen tweet shared their thoughts on the piece and referenced the quote related to the tweet, saying it broke their hearts.

The author does not intend to punish the actor

Later in the piece, Abdul-Jabbar included a photo of himself and Will Smith and explained that they met when the basketball star showed up Fresh Prince of Bel Air28 years ago.

Congratulating the Best Actor Oscar winner, the author described himself as a huge fan of his films, but admitted that “it will be difficult to watch the next film without remembering this sad achievement.”


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar stated that while he doesn’t want Smith to be punished or ostracized for this mistake, he does want it to be a cautionary tale for others not to romanticize or glorify bad behavior.

He also wants Will Smith to be “the man who really protects others — by admitting the harm he’s done to others.”

Will Smith talks about Oscars

After beating Rock and leaving audiences at the Dolby Theater and the rest of the world stunned, Will Smith took to social media to apologize.

Over on Instagram, @will Smith shared a typed statement admitting the destructive effects of violence and calling his behavior at the Oscars “unacceptable and inexcusable.”

The actor issued a public apology to Chris Rock, the Academy, the show’s producers, the audience and viewers, and the Williams Family and his King Richard Family.

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In an updated version of the article, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar confirmed that Will Smith has since apologized to Chris Rock, the Academy and the audience.

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