Shaquille O’Neal Once Slammed Colin Kaepernick After Expressing Strong Disagreement

Published 05/06/2022, 9:30 PM EDT

Apart from being one of the greatest basketball players ever, Shaquille O’Neal is also known for always being vocal about his opinions.

Whether it is something on or off the basketball court, Shaq does not shy away from presenting his views or offering his take on the matter. In one such instance, O’Neal once responded to NFL star turned activist Colin Kaepernick.

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Kaepernick made headlines all around the world with his decision to not abide by the rules during the national anthem. Citing personal examples from his life, here’s what Shaq had to say to him.

NFL star turned activist bashed by NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O’Neal has had one of the greatest careers in the NBA. He won the NBA title 4 times with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat. Moreover, he has numerous individual accolades to his name as well.

While his achievements on the court make him great, his actions outside of it make him greater. Shaq is a successful businessman, philanthropist, and analyst. Furthermore, he is known for his views on topics outside of the basketball court.

Interestingly enough, Shaq had his say regarding the Colin Kaepernick situation. The NFL star made headlines after his certain controversial actions. Notably, the former San Francisco 49ers star had opted out of his contract in 2017.

Shaquille O’Neal said, “I don’t know Colin, but again, to each his own. I don’t really have a say on it, but I would never do that. My father was a military man, and you know, he protected this country.”

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 09: Shaquille O’Neal attends the WBC heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder at T-Mobile Arena on October 09, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

He added, “Uncles are in law enforcement, you know, they go out and work hard every day. Just, there are other ways to get your point across.

After opting out of his contract from the 49ers, Kaepernick reportedly wants to come back to the NFL. Interestingly enough, he mentioned how he has some unfinished business in the NFL and is ready to play as a backup quarterback if the need arises.

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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.

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