“Holy Sh*t”: Rapper Fat Joe Thought Shaquille O’Neal Would Kill Him

Published 08/08/2021, 3:00 PM EDT
AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 14: American Express Brings Together Rapper Travis Scott and Sport’s Legend Shaquille O’Neal at Austin City Limits Festival on October 14, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for American Express)


Everyone knows Fat Joe, right? Who wouldn’t fear that big fella? But did you know there is someone who can actually make his blood run cold too? Who else can it be other than the scariest NBA player ever, Shaquille O’Neal. Back in Shaq’s peak years, his opponents shook like leaves at the thought of guarding him. So imagine what would happen if you just saw a silhouette of Shaq in the dark? This is something Fat Joe had to go through and he really thought that was going to be his last day on the planet alive.

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On ‘All The Smoke’ podcast with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, rapper Fat Joe revealed an incident that dates back to 2008 and when he thought Shaq would actually kill him.

“I’m in Miami and I go to the studio. I walk in there one night and it’s pitch black. I’m walking there and there’s a shadow of a human being this big in the dark. And I said ‘Holy sh*t, they came to kill me. This is what people must feel like when they’re about to die.” narrated the 50-year-old rapper. ”

“I turn on the light and it’s Shaquille O’Neal.” He said, “They just traded me to the Phoenix, big fella. I wanted you to be the first to know,” he concluded. Well, can anybody really blame Joe? A seven feet tall and 300+ pounds guy would make anyone’s heart skip a beat.

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Shaq and Joe were actually buddies?

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CHICAGO – APRIL 24: (L-R) Antoine Walker #8, Shaquille O’Neal #32 and Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat sit on the bench in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bulls in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 24, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls won 107-89. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

However, Joe inside knew he would not be killed. In fact, he revealed that Shaq and he used to hang out almost every day during his prime.

So, thankfully, it wasn’t Joe’s life that was ending, but Shaq’s three-and-a-half-season stint with Miami Heat. Shaq had just added another title to his resume and was named an All-Star, after which they sent him off to the Suns in exchange for Marcus Banks and Shawn Marion. Barely playing two seasons with the Phoenix Suns, Shaq called it quits in 2011.

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But there is nobody in this day and age in the NBA, whom you fear the way Shaq was feared. Right?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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