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Sports Media World Reacts To Will Smith Slapping Chris Rock At Oscars

“After Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s shaved head, Will Smith, Jada’s husband, rushed the stage and slapped Rock across the face.”

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Why does television still value live events like sports and awards shows? Sunday night’s Oscars was proof that not only do people still watch, but all it takes is one highlight moment and people that weren’t watching will come running to their television to see what it is that social media is buzzing about.

After Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s shaved head, Will Smith, Jada’s husband, rushed the stage and slapped Rock across the face.

“Will Smith just slapped the shit out of me,” Rock joked after the incident.

Smith returned to his seat but kept shouting “keep my wife’s name out of you f***ing mouth” at the stage. Some wondered if it was fake until it was clear that it most certainly was not.

All of Twitter was buzzing with reaction. That included several big names in the sports media. People shared a combination of jokes, questions, and observations in response.

In 2020, The Smiths participated in an episode of the online series The Red Table. They had an honest discussion of issues in their marriage. That included a comment about an “entanglement” between Jada and another man. That video was referenced by several people throughout the night.

Some commented that Chris Rock may have crossed a line joking about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s shaved head, as she suffers from alopecia. That could have been what set Will Smith off to the point that he assaulted the comedian on stage.

While Smith got most of the attention, some watching at home wondered why Chris Rock ‘s joke was under the spotlight more than Smith’s actions.

Plenty of people commented on the atmosphere of coverage after the Oscars ended. So many compared it to the postgame show from a major sporting event.

Mike Golic Jr closed the commentary with a question worth asking. In the history of Twitter, what are the other events that have completely overwhelmed conversation on the platform the way Will Smith slapping Chris Rock did?

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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