Dale Earnhardt Jr Maps Out What Will Smith Could’ve Done Instead of Slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars

Published 04/01/2022, 4:55 AM EDT

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Unless you’re living on Mars, you can’t possibly be unaware of the Will Smith-Chris Rock incident at the Oscars. The incident has divided people in ways more than one, with some people taking sides while some questioning the realness of the whole thing. Regardless, NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Jr has his mind clear on what happened or rather, ‘how’ it should’ve happened.

Earnhardt Jr, who like any NASCAR driver, has had his share of feuds and altercations, recently spoke about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock.

On the Ask Jr. segment of his show, the JR Motorsports owner said, “I wish Will (Smith) didn’t do that.”


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“I mean, you gotta know things are gonna get pretty serious in terms of the jokes,” Earnhardt Jr. continued. “I wish that gets handled a little differently, you talk to the guy afterward maybe, say, ‘Hey man, that really bothered me.’ I mean, some things can be personal and that’s okay.”

“You take it to that person and say, ‘Look man, I wish you wouldn’t go there.'” 

“That’s out of character for me” – Dale Earnhardt Jr on his feud with Kyle Busch

Dale Earnhardt Jr recalled in an earlier interview how in Phoenix 2014, a season that was turning out to be a frustrating one for him, Kyle Busch showed him a birdie through the window net.


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This was something that sent the two-time Daytona 500 winner “over the edge.” As a result, he decided to head straight for Busch’s hauler and confront the two-time Cup champion.

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“I walked up into his hauler. At the very front of the trailer, there’s a lounge. In the lounge is Kyle and his crew chief,” Earnhardt Jr recalled. “I said, ‘Kyle, if you ever flip me off again I’m gonna rip your head off. I’m going to kill you, beat the hell out of you.’ I said everything I could just say, in that moment.”


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“I never do that. That’s out of character for me.”


Written by:

Shaharyar Khan Chauhan


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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.
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Ankit Sharma