Shaquille O’Neal doesn’t want to play games with Kanye West – his mother raised him better.
The NBA superstar turned broadcaster, 50, said he took the “classy” route when West, 45, tried to fight him on social media earlier this month. It started after O’Neal criticized Brooklyn Nets player Kyrie Irving for promoting an anti-Semitic movie. (Irving has apologized.) West, who was at the center of his own anti-Semitism controversy, dragged O’Neal along as a result. O’Neal quickly closed West with his “Have a great day” response.
“When I make a statement, I have the opportunity to travel through time and watch my mom watch it on TV,” O’Neal said. People. “So I’m not saying [what I really want to say] because she would get upset. She’d say, ‘Honey, stop it.'” He said that if it weren’t for his mother Lucille Harrison, “I’d be reckless. I really would.”
O’Neal, who said he treated it like the “classy person” that he is, said a little sparring didn’t bother him: “But if it ever gets personal, I’ll come to you. I don’t play the games for little children.” He said West, who has used social media to express hateful comments, is the one who “has messed up his whole life” – lost billions in days – “he did. No one else did. These narcissistic people, if they screw up, it’s everyone’s fault.”
The hoop legend admitted that it takes someone to know if they are narcissists. He called himself “a little narcissistic,” but nowhere near West. “On a scale of 1 to 10, I’m probably a 2; [West] is an 8 or 9,” O’Neal said. “A lot of people just can’t take responsibility. He threw it all away because he was arrogant and cocky, so now he wants to throw everyone else’s business dealings under the bus?”
On last Thursday The big podcast with Shaqsaid O’Neal that he knows what West, who also goes through Ye, is going through.
“You know why I know what he’s going through? Because I was a narcissist,” O’Neal said. “First example, if you are a narcissist, mom will take the kids away from you. Second example, if you’re a narcissist, things just go away.”
O’Neal recently called himself a “d***head” in his divorce from wife Shaunie. As for West’s divorce from Kim Kardashian, he reportedly did not appear for his Nov. 16 statement in the pending divorce case. West gets another chance on November 29.
West’s latest spiral saw him threaten to use “death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE”, resulting in Adidas and his agent, among others. Soon after, Irving faced his own backlash for promoting an anti-Semitic documentary on social media, which O’Neal labels Irving as “idiot.” The rapper/clothing designer then started something with O’Neal by criticizing the basketball star’s business dealings. West suggested that O’Neal was duped by Canadian billionaire and Authentic Brand Group owner Jamie Salter, with whom O’Neal does business. (O’Neal is the second-largest individual shareholder of Authentic Brands Group, which owns brands like Reebok, Forever 21, and Barneys New York.)
O’Neal took to Twitter to respond to West’s claims, writing in part, “Worry about your business, and to quote the once-great Kanye West, ‘I have more money than you, so why should I look to you? listen’? family business in order. Have a nice day brother.”