What’s going on: O’Neal’s legendary Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant died Sunday in a tragic helicopter crash, sending shockwaves across the world.
- O’Neal responded to the incident on his podcast, “The Big Podcast with Shaq,” which was recorded Monday. He said he would give up beefing with others.
- O’Neal: “Look, I’m all about being hard and all that, but after yesterday, I’m gonna to have to delete my beef and my confrontation clause. I don’t want to do that anymore because you know, you never know.”
- O’Neal: “So yesterday I just called all the people I had discrepancies with and just said, ‘Look man, I love you.’ And we didn’t talk much after the phone, but I just — I just wish we did,” he added, not naming who he spoke with. “You know, we’re sort of like similar guys, hey, family first, business, and I’ll see you when I see you. I have a lot of best friends, but I don’t do the mushy talking on the phone thing.”
Context: Per HuffPost, O’Neal and Bryant had a tenuous relationship. The two NBA stars had a feud while playing together for the Lakers. They eventually put it to bed though on O’Neal’s podcast back in 2015.