Shaquille ONeals name was all over the Internet on Tuesday and certainly not in a good way.
ONeal part-owner of the Kings, NBA studio analyst for TNT and 15-time All-Star is being investigated by Atlanta police in connection with an alleged assault of a co-worker at Turner Studios. According to the police report, Robert Williams, 44, said on May 9, 2013, ONeal ran out of a room and hit me with a tackle punch to the back knocking me down and falling on top of me injuring my neck and back.
This was nothing more than horseplay, ONeals attorney, Dennis Roach, said in a statement. No one intended for anyone to get injured.
Williams attorney said his client has permanent injuries and that he is recovering from surgery.
We dont know what happened, but we are curious why the incident has just now become public, nearly a year later.
Is this another case of he-said, he-said?
Was ONeal, 42, just goofing around, not realizing his size he was listed at 7-foot-1 and 324 pounds as a player might be too much for Williams?
Or is Williams looking for a large settlement from the deep-pocketed ONeal?
Professional athletes and celebrities and ONeal clearly has transitioned are in the spotlight and targets for claims, both justified and unjustified.
If ONeal caused the injury, no matter how inadvertent, we figure he would have offered to cover medical expenses.
Perhaps his offer wasnt high enough?
What to do
NBA, New York at Kings, 7 p.m., Sleep Train Arena: Its the final home game before three road games in four nights starting Friday.
Whats your take on the incident involving Shaquille ONeal?
• It was simply horseplay.
• Hes too big to act that way.
• Hes too old to act that way.
• Assault is assault, no matter the intent.
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