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Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

Posted on: October 31, 2011 2:51 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2011 2:53 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver

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The Big Threatener.

In a new autobiography, NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal admits that he told former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant that he would kill him.

O'Neal and Bryant teamed up for three titles with the Lakers but engaged in a public war of words that eventually led the Lakers to trade O'Neal to the Miami Heat. In his new book, Shaq Uncut: My Story, O'Neal says he took issue with Bryant giving public statements about how he was out of shape and faking an injury after Lakers brass requested the two stop squawking. O'Neal was so upset about the comments, he writes, that he threatened to murder Bryant during an argument about Bryant's sexual assault case in Colorado.

Here's an excerpt posted on Deadspin.com.
Kobe stands up and goes face-to-face with me and says, "You always said you're my big brother, you'd do anything for me, and then this Colorado thing happens and you never even called me." I did call him. ... So here we are now, and we find out he really was hurt that we didn't stand behind him. That was something new. I didn't think he gave a rat's ass about us either way. "Well, I thought you'd publicly support me, at least," Kobe said. "You're supposed to be my friend."

Brian Shaw chimed in with "Kobe, why would you think that? Shaq had all these parties and you never showed up for any of them. We invited you to dinner on the road and you didn't come. Shaq invited you to his wedding and you weren't there. Then you got married and didn't invite any of us. And now you are in the middle of this problem, this sensitive situation, and now you want all of us to step up for you. We don't even know you." ... Everyone was starting to calm down when I told Kobe, "If you ever say anything like what you said to Jim Gray ever again, I will kill you."

Kobe shrugged and said, "Whatever."
Wow. Well, it clearly got personal. There wasn't ever much doubt about that.

How seriously should we take O'Neal's threat here? O'Neal has tried to establish a law enforcement career but has also been involved in a number of suits that allege all sorts of crazy behavior, including kidnapping and hit men. I suppose if Bryant reacted dismissively, the danger can't have been that real. But the dysfunction was as authentic as it gets.

O'Neal announced his retirement from the NBA back in June and joined TNT as an NBA commentator in July.
Comments

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:49 am
 

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

This is the retired guy sitting down in hooters telling people he was once famous right!  The kids already don't know who he is or care.



Since: Dec 24, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:32 am
 

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

by the way, did everyone here miss the main humor in this "Shaq wrote a book"...lol... wait a minute I mean ....."shaq can write"....lmao......



Since: Dec 24, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:20 am
 

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

I have watched the nba since 1972 and shaq was and is still the worst thing that has ever happened to the league. and now we have labron taking over the reigns and ruining it.these guys changed the fundementals by getting the league to accept taking 3 steps (shaq) and now 5 steps (labron) to the hoop and totally ignoring the most basic rule of the game. the rule that from the beginning decided who was good enough to play professional basket as opposed to the rest of the good to great players playing the game. the ability to do moves and get to the hoop with only taking 2 steps in doing so. shaq is an uneducated thug who in my mind has never won an nba championship . .... and i'm a huge Laker fan. kobe is guilty of what????? being mature??????i have a job and get invited to do outside work gatherings all the time but i have a family and can't go to most of it. It's called a real life.......



Since: Dec 24, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:10 am
 

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

sounds like skreffty knows what marraige and private life is all about. good for you. I totally agree with you. when you get married you give up the parties and hangin out and spend your time with your wife and family. it sounds like kobe had a bad case of ......you know "maturity"......



Since: Dec 24, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:10 am
 

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

sounds like skreffty knows what marraige and private life is all about. good for you. I totally agree with you. when you get married you give up the parties and hangin out and spend your time with your wife and family. it sounds like kobe had a bad case of ......you know "maturity"......



Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 1:17 am
 

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

Hah. Couldn't agree more. Scumbag is ... as scumbag does. I'm all for mandatory sterilization, for scumbags, btw.



Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:27 am
 

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

Both of these guys are idiots and poor role models. Their legend status will be tainted by their poor decisions.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:53 pm
 

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

Shaq has violent tendencies, is full of anger and hate. Are those qualities we really want in a police officer?



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:53 pm
 

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

Shaq is a fool and will most likely get himself in trouble some day. Let's get one thing straight, Kobe had sex with a willing young girl in Colorado. There was no rape. Of course he didn't want to hang out with his teamates, most of them are lowlifes. Kobe is not your tipical NBA player, he actually has a life and other things in his mind other than buying bigger gold chains and cars. Why would he want to hang out with them?
Dude, Kobe was married.  You are as big a scumbag as he is.  I hope you don't have kids.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:41 pm
 

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

Really ?? The girl who cried rape 3 other times you mean ? None ever proven !! Wake up......Shaq was an entertaining big goof. He was great 3 feet from the basket......kobe and wade made him !!! get it right. As far as kobe cheating on his wife.....yes he did. Shaq did several times which is why his ex is soooooooooo rich. Shaq also has had gun charges against him. You want to paint one with a nasty brush and polish the halo of the other. Shaq ran with bad dudes that have long criminal histories. Look into things before you comment. sherriff.....lol. Only in California where a pinhead bodybuilding, bad actor.......and cheater.....wait....maybe Shaq will be ok


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