Just when the craziest beef in all of sports had reached a boil — it gets called off. And probably for the best. Because Shaq vs. JaVale had the chance to do some SERIOUS damage.
The Big Fella bullies but I’m not sure he wants ANYTHING to do with JaVale McGee. Because JaVale was sick and tired of Shaq coming at him on TNT. Sick and tired of being the punch line year after year — especially now that he’s found a home on the best team in all of basketball. And while I, like everyone else, was mesmerized by the twitter street brawl of the century , — I’m not buying what Shaq’s selling for one minute — that it was his MOM who told him to stop.
“My mama” Shaq told the Undefeated. “Just say Shaq’s mom called him, told him, ‘Stop this silliness. Leave him alone.’ So that’s the end of the beef. You won’t be hearing about it from my side anymore. Mama has spoken.”
Whatever it takes to get out from this one, big fella. Because while I’m as guilty as anybody for throwing a haymaker or two — there comes a line. And Shaq crossed it. He’s been going at McGee for years. And it’s been the same stuff over and over again. And you can tell when someone is having fun with another guy and when someone is having fun at another guy’s expense, not with him. And that’s the case here. This isn’t a case where both guys are having a good laugh about it.
Plenty of folks have had fun at McGee’s’ expense. And yes, my man, has an all-time highlight reel. And has never really lashed for folks taking him to task for it. Until now. Because O’Neil, who had long ago made his point just continued to bang away, and bang away, until McGee had enough. Until it go to the point where Shaq may have been taking food off his table and money out of his pocket. And NOTHING’S funny about trying to rip a paycheck outta a guy’s hands.
And blooper reels aside, that’s what this was coming to — and Warriors coach Steve Kerr all but confirmed it: “When you’re in this position where someone on national TV is making fun of you night after night, it’s not the greatest thing for your reputation. I can tell you I had a preconceived notion of JaVale before he got here that turned out to be totally false and a lot of that was because of what goes on in Shaqtin a fool thing.”
And this wasn’t just some TWITTER BEEF. This was THE Twitter Beef.
Nothing like back in the day, when I cracked Shaq and TV and he responded by saying he wanted to box me. And I said that probably wasn’t going to happen. I’d be fighting out of my weight class. About 250 pounds out of my weight class. No, this was much different. Much worse.
With McGee dropping a bomb that included PEANUT EMOJIS and an EAD blast. Someone had to stop this brawl before it spilled off of twitter and out into the streets because that was going to happen next. And two seven footers giving each other the hands outside a club isn’t in anyone’s best interest.
Which is the thing about Shaq. He’s earned the right to pop off, but this dude had plenty of flaws and holes in his game: but whenever anyone tries to point that out, he thinks it’s a reason to go: take Kevin Durant: he has McGee’s back: and says Shaq isn’t exactly the guy who should be throwing rocks.
“Shaq wants to make a joke about it but if it was him in that position he would feel the same way. For you to call him a bum and all this just because you were a great player obviously but everybody can’t be Shaq. He’s trying to make his money and enjoy the game of basketball and the perception of him now is that he’s a dumb player because he makes mistakes on the court. Shaq was a s***ty free throw shooter, he missed dunks, he airballed free throws, he couldn’t shoot outside the paint. He was bigger than everyone, didn’t have no skill, but he was bigger and stronger than everyone. He was still a great player, but you had your flaws too as a player and you played on five or six teams, too. So it’s not like he’s just some perfect center. You had your flaws, too. I didn’t know cops could go on Twitter and threaten civilians like that. I’m glad JaVale challenged him.”
KD is right in this case. Then Shaq got irritated with him for firing back. If you’re going to dish it out, big fellas, you’ve got to be able to take it to. Especially, when everything KD said was true.
I get why McGee is pissed. He’s had enough. And he’s playing well this season; making a difference on the best team in the league; and working hard every day to do so: and he’s got this guy on air, that people listen to and respect, and not only is he not acknowledging that McGee is playing well, he’s calling him a bum and threatening to knock his ass out.
Anyway, Shaq says he’s ready to turn the page. He might be. But JaVale’s mom Pam, who was a great player in her own right, isn’t: she wants KAZAAM disciplined if not fired: “He cyberbullied my son. Totally inappropriate. Shaquille needs to lose his job or be suspended. The NBA needs to make a stand.”
So that’s where Mama McGee comes out on this one. And I can’t blame her. The sports’ biggest platform and Shaq’s going after her son. Nonstop. And a Twitter fight that went NEXT LEVEL. This isn’t a case of McGee having rabbit ears, its’ a case of Shaq going way too far.