‘Will Smith should play Muhammad Ali’ – Lineker reacts after Oscars drama

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At the 94th Academy Awards, the ‘King Richard’ actor was at the centre of an amazing episode.

Gary Lineker led the reaction from the football world to the horrifying moment in which Will Smith slapped Chris Rock during the Oscars 2022 ceremony, joking that the Hollywood actor “could portray Muhammad Ali in a movie.”

Smith was one of the night’s biggest winners, taking up the Best Actor award for his work in King Richard.

However, the 53-year-first old’s Oscar victory was overshadowed by his actions earlier in the night, when he responded to a joke from the ceremony’s host that appeared to make light of his wife’s hair loss condition, leaving Lineker and former Norway international Jan Age Fjortoft stunned on social media.

The incident

Chris Rock joked about Jada Pinkett Smith as he ascended the stage at the Oscars 2022 to deliver the best documentary award. Will Smith originally laughed, but Jada was seen rolling her eyes. Will then stepped up to the stage and slapped Chris.

“Both Javier Bardem and his wife are nominated. “Now, if she loses, he can’t win,” Rock said, adding, “He is praying that Will Smith wins, like, please, lord.” ‘Jada, I adore you.’ The sequel to G.I. Jane. ‘Can’t wait to see it, okay?” Rock added, “That was a nice one!” when the joke elicited a lukewarm reception.

After Will smacked Chris, the entire auditorium was silent for a few seconds before Will returned to his seat and yelled, “Keep my wife’s name out of your (expletive) mouth.”

Even though there was no mic on Will, his audio was audible. At the end of the exchange, Chris said, “That was the greatest night in the history of television.”

Linekar gets trolled

‘Gary, he’s already done it!’

Netizens mocked renowned England striker and football pundit Gary Lineker for suggesting that ‘Will Smith could play Muhammad Ali in a movie’ after slapping Chris Rock during the Oscars 2022 ceremony in Los Angeles.

The former Tottenham and Leicester striker elicited an immediate reaction from Twitter users, with many stating that Lineker should stick to sport and refrain from commenting on movies. Will Smith played famous boxer Muhammad Ali in 2001, producing an outstanding performance and earning an Academy Award nomination.

An hour later, Lineker appeared to be cleaning up this goof-up with a tweet, “This is better than any of the movies.”

Meanwhile, Liverpool star and football analyst Jamie Carragher turned to Instagram to share a snapshot of himself shaking hands with a displeased Steven Gerrard, captioning it “Will Smith, Chris Rock before next year’s Oscars.”

This elicited immediate reactions from the football community, including Gerrard, who responded with two emojis depicting a ‘facial with tears of joy.’