Marcus Stroman Defends Will Smith After Oscars Drama

Marcus Stroman #0 of the New York Mets reacts after throwing out Lane Thomas #28 of the Washington Nationals at third base in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on August 28, 2021 in New York City.
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Actor Will Smith went up to the stage and slapped fellow actor Chris Rock on Sunday night at The Oscars, and that short clip has been the talk of the day all around the world: even MLB stars have weighed in the situation through or favorite microblogging network: Twitter.

Marcus Stroman, currently with the Chicago Cubs, defended Smith after the incident, saying that he was right in stepping up for his family.

“So much respect for Will Smith. Don’t let anyone talk down on your family. Making jokes, about the auto-immune disease alopecia that Jada has been open about, should never be tolerated. Protect your people at all costs!,” Stroman said.

Rock was making a joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith, and referred to her as “G.I. Jane” due to her hair.

Smith wasn’t a fan of the joke, so he calmly walked to the scenario, confronted Rock, slapped him, then returned to his seat.

He continued to yell at Rock from his seat, urging him to stop talking about his wife.

Stroman Is Siding With Smith

Opinions are wildly different on what happened at The Oscars, but Stroman is definitely siding with Smith.

Smith has been heavily criticized because he went to the stage and assaulted Rock, but he also has received millions of positive messages on social media, too.

Whether it was the right way or not is certainly up for debate, but he did step up for his wife as he felt she was being attacked on a sensitive subject such as alopecia.

Stroman is surely not the only big league talking about the incident: chances are that it is also a hot topic of discussion in training camps, too.

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