Over the weekend, Smith made an unforgettable, if not notorious, Oscars moment when he slapped Rock for making a joke about his wife’s baldness.
However, if you watch the entire clip, you’ll notice that Smith is smiling and laughing at the joke, whereas Jada Pinkett Smith isn’t as amused. Will Smith went on to the stage at that point and delivered the knockout blow to Rock.
When discussing the subject on “The Big Podcast with Shaq,” O’Neal pointed to an often used remark.
“Return to the recording; you know how much I enjoy being my own detective.” Will laughed when he told the joke. Shaq stated, “He laughed, and then Jada liked it.” “This is where the PPL (protect, provide, and love) comes into play. You married men are well aware that an unhappy wife equals a miserable existence. Now that he’d noticed Jada was upset, he thought to himself, ‘I’m going to have to deal with this at home, and I’m going to tell that lad to cool out now that he’s disrespected her.’ He went up and finished what he needed to finish.”
Smith has been harshly chastised for his actions, for which he has now apologized. While Shaq doesn’t take a definite stance, it appears that he has some comprehension of Smith’s actions.