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Shaq: My death threat to Kobe was just 'Ebonics'

Posted on: November 17, 2011 1:48 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 9:21 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver

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A few weeks back, we noted an excerpt from Shaquille O'Neal's new book, Shaq Uncut, in which the NBA legend described threatening to kill his former Los Angeles Lakers teammates, Kobe Bryant.

"If you ever say anything like what you said to Jim Gray ever again, I will kill you," O'Neal wrote that he told Bryant, after Bryant disparaged O'Neal's work ethic in a media interview.

On Thursday, O'Neal joined Stephen A. Smith on ESPN to clarify that death threat.

"That [threat] happened back then," O'Neal said. "It's well-documented. It's like an Ebonics statement. I've wanted to kill you many times, Stephen A., but we're still cool." 

O'Neal said that he now thinks of Bryant as "one of the greatest Lakers" of all time and that the two clashed because of personality differences.

"Leadership styles vary when you're dealing with tasks or relationships," O'Neal said. "I was more task-oriented. With me being the leader of the team, me being the CEO, everything had to go my way. Sometimes when you focus on the tasks, the relationship dwindles. It was all a respect thing. The task was completed. We won three out of four [titles]. We were the most dominant, most controversial duo ever created. That's all that matters."

While the book excerpt certainly makes it seem as if O'Neal took Bryant's criticism personally, he tried to play it off, saying that the media blew up the situation into more than it actually was.

"I'm a businessman, I don't take anything personal," O'Neal claimed. "A lot of the stuff was you [media] guys trying to get in. He'd say something to one guy and he'd write it. I'd say something to another guy, they'd write it. At times it was fun for me. You have to understand one thing about me, I always knew what I was doing. Everything I do has always been calculated."

Despite the death threat, the endless squabbling, the forced trade to the Miami Heat, and the lost potential for additional titles in Los Angeles, O'Neal said he left the tumultuous Lakers chapter of his life with no regrets.

"I played 19 years and if I had to do it all over, I would do the exact same thing. Even though [Kobe and I] had media friction, if you look at the clip you just showed, when I won my first championship, who jumped in my arms? At the second championship, who was on stage laughing at me and Mark Madsen? After the third championship, who hung out and partied together?"

With the past firmly in the past, O'Neal sounded confident that his legacy is secure and that the Bryant beef only adds to his legend.

"We haven't played together in 10 years and you're still talking about it," O'Neal concluded. "And 20 years from now you'll still be talking about it."
Comments

Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 4:32 pm
 

Shaq: My death threat to Kobe was just 'Ebonics'

Yes I agree it was just a figure of speech and in my personal opinion shaq and kolby are two of the all time greats and they both played a important part in the lakers dynasty and they were simply unstoppable and awesome to watch! They both have huge egoes and and want to be the center of attention and it was just a give or take and Phil always seem to make these guys gel and and compliment each other perfectly!!!!!!!!!



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2011 12:40 pm
 

Shaq: My death threat to Kobe was just 'Ebonics'

Come on, this was Shaq's way of telling his "little brother" to stay away from Jim Gray. Unfortunately, LeBron didn't heed this same advice and ruined his legacy forever by sitting down with that weasel.



Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2011 10:24 am
 

Shaq: My death threat to Kobe was just 'Ebonics'

Why is everyone up in arms over what the posters on this site have said, and not taking O'Neal to task for the weak defense... as well as the "I always knew what I was doing" card. Shaq was many things -- outspoken, funny, charasmatic -- but intelligent is not one of them. I feel sorry for anyone who picks up this book and expects anything of value. It'll be in the 99 cent stores within 12 months.



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2011 8:46 am
 

Shaq: My death threat to Kobe was just 'Ebonics'

aside from posting racially tinged posts that try to portray a whole group of people as irresponsible or lesser human beings.

I love when people try to dispute charges of racism by putting their own racism on full display



I know what you mean that guy who was commenting on the settlement on North America sure was a blatant racist.



Since: Sep 1, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2011 12:42 am
 

Shaq: My death threat to Kobe was just 'Ebonics'

Bizona, I'm with you brother!!!!!!! Right on!



Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2011 12:19 am
 

Shaq: My death threat to Kobe was just 'Ebonics'

Shaq is whack.....period. Money mouth



Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2011 12:14 am
 

Shaq: My death threat to Kobe was just 'Ebonics'

Ebonics a.k.a. Black on Black Stupidity.  Come on Shwaq, can't you do better than this?  Can't CBS or the AP or anyone else for that matter?



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2011 8:23 pm
 

Shaq: My death threat to Kobe was just 'Ebonics'

Blacks are trying to work our way up to where we can kill 20 million native Americans and have the history books portray it as "Manifest Destiny" and "Eminent Domain

have you ever read a newspaper? ...Thats pretty much the EXACT thing many blacks are doing in parts of Africa right now....so congrats! you made it! 



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2011 8:18 pm
 

Shaq: My death threat to Kobe was just 'Ebonics'

In other words... "Yeah, I said it.  But I'm black, and therefore you can't hold it against me or I'll accuse you of being a racist."




EXACTLY RIGHT 



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 1:59 pm
 

Shaq: My death threat to Kobe was just 'Ebonics'

You know, the places where millions of people today are being slaughtered, or allowed to starve to death?



That sounds like a lot of places and not just blacks folks. In fact, it sounds like Europe before Europeans came to America and continued their violent ways and wiped out all of the cultures that were already here. Maybe Africans can come here and kill all of us, steal what we have and start a better life for themselves.

But since you're obviously so concerned about what's going on in Africa, what are you doing about it? You did bring it up, so you must be concerned and actively working to help the situation, right? I mean, you know, aside from posting racially tinged posts that try to portray a whole group of people as irresponsible or lesser human beings.

I love when people try to dispute charges of racism by putting their own racism on full display, and that goes for the other bigot who responded to you as well.Undecided


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