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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


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
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.

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 5:55 pm

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

Kobe the "crybaby" SUCK!!

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 5:44 pm
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Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 5:38 pm

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

Don't you think Michael Jordan has enough money to pay off gambling debts? That is the worst story ever made up to make someone look like a bad guy. That was a total smear campaign to make Michael look like more of us common normal humans. If he did owe money to the wrong people I am positive they would have let him know what they are capable of before it came to a murder of a family member. They would've scared the shiit out of him or shown him some pictures of him and the hooker. You know what I'm getting at. Just not straight to murder. Stupid story that never made any sense for a rich man like Mike. It does sems reallistic to us 9-5ers because we have had bills we cannot pay. I doubt Mr. Jordan has any unpaid bills with the depth of his pocket book.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 5:34 pm

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

Um, Matt, I hate to tell  you this but Shaq won a championship without Kobe. But we love your passion, so please keep belittling us after you read up on NBA history. 

Since: Jan 19, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 5:33 pm

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

Hey MattyDubbz, maybe you should get your facts straight idiot. Shaq won 1 with D-Wade in Miami. Kobe has won 2 without Shaq. You sir are the incorrect one whatever that means...

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 5:25 pm

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

shaq wins 0 without kobe and kobe wins without shaq, im sick of seeing these pointless, incorrect arguments. think before u speak, something most of you can't handle in your small-capacity brains

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 5:24 pm

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

Kobe wouldn't have sh!t if it wasn't for Shaq. First 3 rings, you think Kobe would have won them without Shaq? No, but Shaq would have won with out Kobe. Kobe wants to be Jordan its a known fact. Just look at the way he walks, the way he shoots and his off court problems.
Do you think Jordan really wanted to go play baseball?? Hell no he had no choice or he would have been suspended for gambling. You think his father was just randomly murdered?? Hell no Jordon owed some money to the wrong people.
Kobe always looking for someone's hand to hold when the sh!t hits the fan but when life is good its all about him and only him.

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 5:03 pm

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

You know when all of the Shaq and Kobe ish started years ago a blamed Kobe.  I couldn't take away anything from his skill, but really though he was the instigator.  Over the last 5 years I have slowly changed my opinion.  Kobe has said one thing about Shaq in the last few years and it was just barely a jab.  He said he has one more ring than Shaq now.  Shaq has continuously come up with ish about this.  Kobe is at home with his family and probably won't even respond to this book or comment.  While Shaq is still trying to fuel the fire.  Dude time to grow up.  The Lakers let you go for younger talent and your feeling are hurt.  We understand, but damn give it a rest.

Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 5:01 pm

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

Kobe was bent out of shape during that time in his life.  Just after he raped that Gold Digger in Colorado, she told him that Jordan raped her way better.  Kobe got really depressed and needed somebody to be there for him... 

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 4:57 pm

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

Well put Jetsfan

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