Entertainment: Will Smith and Chris Rock's 2022 Oscars Incident: Everything to Know

Chris Rock Says He’s ‘Not a Victim’ After Will Smith Oscars Slap

  Chris Rock Says He’s ‘Not a Victim’ After Will Smith Oscars Slap Chris Rock Says He’s ‘Not a Victim’ After Will Smith Oscars Slap“Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face,” the comedian, 57, joked during his set at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, on Sunday, July 24, an eyewitness exclusively told Us Weekly. During the show, Rock also referred to Smith, 53, as “Suge Smith,” a possible reference to the currently-incarcerated Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight.

After new San Jose Sharks general manager Mike Grier explained Monday that he’ll let Brent Burns “lead the way” on his future, speculation has drummed up around the league. Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic tweeted Tuesday that the Carolina Hurricanes are kicking tires on Burns (and Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry) as they look to replace the offense that left with Tony DeAngelo, while Bruce Garrioch of Postmedia notes that the Ottawa Senators have done the same.

Will the Sharks trade defenseman Brent Burns? © Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports Will the Sharks trade defenseman Brent Burns?

The team most often linked is the Dallas Stars, which expect to lose John Klingberg this offseason and have some clear connections to Burns through head coach Peter DeBoer and veteran forward Joe Pavelski.

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While Grier might be letting Burns take the lead, getting out from his contract certainly wouldn’t be the worst thing for the Sharks as they try to move forward in a different direction. The 37-year-old defenseman has three years left on his deal and carries an $8M cap hit, though the actual salary owed is much less. Burns will earn just $16.5M over the last three seasons of the eight-year, $64M contract, and $3.5M of that was in the form of a signing bonus already paid this summer.

Though his is not a full no-trade clause, Burns does have almost full control of the situation. He submits a list of just three teams that he can be traded to on July 1 of every year.

The part that makes Burns’ future so interesting is that, despite his age, he is still an effective player. He recorded 54 points last season while still averaging more than 26 minutes a night and actually saw his deployment skew more defensive than in years past. In a more sheltered, offensive role, perhaps he could be even more effective for a contending team.

Chris Rock Jokes That He Was Slapped by 'Suge Smith' During Atlanta Comedy Show Set

  Chris Rock Jokes That He Was Slapped by 'Suge Smith' During Atlanta Comedy Show Set Chris Rock's set at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta came hours after Will Smith issued his first on-camera apology to the comedian over his March Oscars slapIn Chris Rock's first comedy show after Will Smith released a new video apologizing for slapping him at the 2022 Oscars, the comedian joked about the slap — but didn't address Smith's apology.

While the focus now is on free agency that starts in under 24 hours, there will be a number of trades also going down over the next few weeks. Whether Burns stays in San Jose appears to be completely up in the air at the moment.

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