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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: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:40 pm
 

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

I'm not a Kobe or Lakers fan but you wouldn't put much in his word? If you knew anything about the case you would know that they found evidence in the girl's underwear that she had been with multiple guys around the time of the incident! What does that tell you? Aside from having questionable character, she had been hospitalized for schizophrenia and was not mentally stable. If anything, no one can put much into your word. Your just like all of the other 1,000 uneducated who call him a rapist when you know little to nothing about what came out during the trial. Let me know if you still don't understand. I can explain it to you like you're 5 if it's still unclear.



Since: Jul 14, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:54 pm
 

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

my reply was to sweetluny, (is that short for sweet loony?) sorry this format doesn't automatically show response to message.

thanks Lanceito44.  throw down on the ignorant. 



Since: Jul 14, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:50 pm
 

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

Geeze Dude, Put Down the Pipe! or Kobe's schlong.  Most of the Lakers are Low-lifes, yeah like the Timberwolves or ? 
You are obviously sucking on something unhealthful.  Sounds like you're doing a "look in the mirror" thing with what you are saying...
by the way, ---   when you can't spell "typical" you lose cred.  Hooked on Phonics doesn't replace not using spellcheck.  



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:48 pm
 

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

sweetluny, I guess you never played team sports... you hang out with your teammates because on a Team, you are supposed to be like a family...  Magic suggested that to him, etc and he blew them all off.. Then he has a problem and expects these guys to support him?? Please it goes both ways... You continously blow people off and then expect them to be there for you...

As for Shaq getting into trouble, that's just stupid... He went a whole career without so I highly doubt he will start now at almost 40 years old...

And Kobe may not buy cars, gold chains, etc but he sure does buy $4 million rings to make up with his wife...



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:09 pm
 

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

If Shaq hit Kobe, wouldn't that be the same as hitting a woman?




Since: Oct 18, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:00 pm
 

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

Even if the young girl was willing.. He cheated on his wife. Im pretty sure that is classified as a low life as well.




Since: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:21 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?

 


lesterreynolds
Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:44 pm
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Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:23 pm
 

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

kobe bought off a girl he Raped , so I wouldn't put much in his word ,



Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:08 pm
 

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

Kobe is a moron


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