After Will Smith’s infamous Chris-Rock-slap scandal, Will says boxing champ, Floyd Mayweather, came through for him in a major way…and he’s forever grateful.
As we all have heard by now, Will Smith was in a sunken place when he slapped the be-jeezus outta Chris Rock during the Academy Awards in February 2022. So much so, that he’d pretty much vanished from the public eye until he finally resurfaced with his apology video in July.
Fast forward to today, and Will has now revealed exactly how Floyd Mayweather helped him at that time. Will says immediately following ‘the slap,’ Floyd called him for ten days straight, in efforts to help Will pick his head back up…even though they weren’t really friends at that time. Will made the revelation during the latest screening for his new film, “Emancipation,” while Floyd was sitting in the audience.
“I want to say something also about Floyd,” Smith said in the video footage at the “Emancipation” event. “So, we’ve met each other, we’ve seen each other around, but we weren’t like, friends. And, the day after the Oscars, for 10 days he called me every day,” Smith added. “And, he was like, ‘Ay, you know you the champ, right? You good? You know you the champ, right? I want you to hear my voice say it,’”
“That was every day he called me … and it’s like, that’s my dude forever right there.”
Although Will clearly lost his cool — and apparently his invite to the Oscar’s for the next 10 years — when he slapped Chris, it’s still refreshing to know Floyd was there holdin’ Will up when he was at his lowest.
Floyd also took a minute to give Will his props for the “Emancipation” film, during the screening:
“Emancipation captures an important time in history. The movie has me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire film,” Floyd acknowledged to TMZ.
On a side note…Chris Rock is out here selling out shows nonstop on his comedy tour with Dave Chappelle. Chris and Will may never ever, ever be friends in the future, nevertheless it’s a beautiful thing to see those two brothas back on they’re A-game in their respective fields. Alls well that ends well.