"Don’t get it twisted that it was something he was proud of. It was a lapse in judgment, you know? I think the thing that I’ve realized is I don’t know too many people that has had the least amount of lapse of judgment than him. I can name 50 times that [Will Smith] should’ve smacked the s--t out of somebody and he didn’t. So for him to have a lapse in judgment, he’s human. And I think a lot of the criticism comes from the people who don’t think people like that are human.”
– DJ Jazzy Jeff came to Will Smith's defense after his longtime friend and former collaborator slapped Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards, during an interview in Chicago last week. Jeff was participating in a Closed Sessions Legend Conversation at Dorian’s Through the Record Shop, reports New York Post. Since the incident, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has banned Smith from the Oscars ceremony for a decade. However, he is allowed to keep his Best Actor Award for his portrayal of Richard Williams in King Richard.