Chris Rock's brother Kenny wants Will Smith to step into the boxing ring with him
Chris Rock's younger brother wants to lace up his boxing gloves and climb into the ring against Will Smith for assaulting his beloved sibling on the Oscars stage last month.
Kenny Rock recently signed a deal with Celebrity Boxing founder Damon Feldman for a match in Florida this summer. The 42-year-old has now expressed his desire to go up against Will, 53, who stormed the Oscars stage and slapped Chris for poking fun at his wife Jada Pinkett Smith's shaved head.
In an interview with TMZ, Kenny was asked if he thinks Chris and Will should get in the ring and slug it out. “No, they shouldn’t," Kenny said, adding, "But I should get in the ring with Will Smith.” When asked whether he thinks he could "take Will down," Kenny oozed confidence and said, "Yes, yes." Speaking of his brother, Kenny said Chris is "doing great" since the controversy that followed the 94th Academy Awards. “He’s doing great. I haven’t seen him, but we’ve talked," he said. However, Kenny doesn't think Chris has accepted Will's Instagram apology. “I doubt it, very seriously," he told TMZ.
Chris Rock's younger brother Kenny wants to fight Will Smith in a Celebrity Boxing match. https://t.co/V63BuOBWuV— TMZ (@TMZ) April 13, 2022
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced earlier this month they were banishing the 'I am Legend' star from the Oscars for 10 years. Kenny Rock hopes the Academy will enforce the ban to its entirety and not let Will Smith back on before the decade is up. “We have to see if he’s actually going to get the 10-year ban," Kenny told the outlet. "They might say a 10-year ban and after three years, they’ll think we may have forgotten about it and they’ll slide him in there after two years/ three years/ five years. So we have to make sure these people do what they say they’re going to do," he added.
The slapping incident took place after Chris Rock made a joke about Jada's shaven head, which is a result of alopecia, by comparing her to actress Demi Moore's shaven look in the 1997 movie 'GI Jane'. “Jada, love ya. GI Jane 2, can’t wait to see it," Chris quipped. Will appeared to laugh at first but soon realized that Jada looked rather unimpressed. He immediately stormed onto the stage, slapped the comedian, and walked back to his seat. “Oh Wow. Will Smith just smacked the s**t out of me," Chris said, trying to lighten up the situation. But Will yelled from his seat, “Don't take my wife’s name out of your f**king mouth.” Chris responded, “Wow dude. It was a 'GI Jane' joke," to which the 'Men in Black' star reiterated, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f**king mouth.”
Will Smith has since apologized to Chris via Instagram, saying his actions were “not indicative of the man I want to be.” But an insider has suggested Chris doesn't think he'll ever be able to accept the apology. "He can’t imagine forgiving Will and being friends with him. It is just a very weird thing to fully envelope," a HollywoodLife source explained. "Chris Rock doesn’t want the Will Smith slap to define him and the rest of his career. It sucks that it is now part of his life forever," the source added.