In his new autobiography, Shaq Uncut: My Story, NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal talks about the very public war of words he and former Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant had at one point. Some may remember an interview Kobe did with ESPN’s Jim Gray which sparked one of many battles between O’Neal and Bryant.
O’Neal supposedly got so upset with Bryant making public statements about him being out of shape and faking an injury, that he threatened to murder him. An excerpt from the book details an argument the two had when Kobe was having legal problems in Colorado. The excerpt reads,
“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.’
The book is due out Nov. 15. We look forward to reading more never-before-heard stories from the Big Threatener.
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