Hollywood Actress Once Forced Shaquille O’Neal to Apologize After He Committed a Disastrous Mistake on Live Interview

Published 06/23/2022, 10:00 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 06: Shaquille O’Neal attends AOL Build to discuss his collaboration with Toys For Tots at AOL HQ on December 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)

Trash talking in the NBA is a double-edged sword. It can work wonders for a player or it can turn the player into a worldwide meme. Safe to say, although Shaquille O’Neal was an elite trash talker on the court, the same does not apply outside of it.

Shaq made headlines all around the world after he made some disastrous comments on a radio show. O’Neal was a special guest at a Los Angeles radio station where he talked about sleeping with Venus Williams, Cindy Crawford, and Aaliyah.


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Although he meant it as a joke, his comments made headlines all around the world. Moreover, the backlash pushed the NBA legend to issue a public apology.

Shaquille O’Neal apologizes for his comments

There is no denying that Shaquille O’Neal is one of the greatest NBA players ever. He has 4 NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat, alongside numerous other individual accolades.

Moreover, his association with ‘Inside the NBA’ has quickly made him a fan favorite. Fans look forward to his jokes and pranks that form some of the best highlights of the show.


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However, sometimes his jokes can prove to be problematic. This happened when Shaq talked about sleeping with Tennis legend Venus Williams, popular actress Cindy Crawford, and singer Aaliyah. He made these comments during an appearance on a Los Angeles radio station.

His comments caused major headlines all over the world. Venus Williams herself addressed the situation by openly denying the allegations and also talking about how she hardly knows Shaq.


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All the backlash pushed The Big Diesel to issue an apology. After a Lakers’ practice session, Shaq said, “Those who know me know I’m a comedian. The guys who were with me in the studio knew that I was laughing, but I guess they didn’t take it as a joke, and I apologise. I am sorry, Cindy Crawford. I am sorry, Aaliyah.”

Interestingly enough, Shaq’s previous statement regarding Crawford had sparked some dating rumors between them. O’Neal’s public apology cleared all the air between the NBA legend and the actress.


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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.