Shaquille O’Neal Slams Antonio Brown for Taking His Shirt off but Gives Him Sympathy for Being a Father: “I Just Wish Him Well but Professionally, That’s Not the Way to Handle It”

Published 01/13/2022, 10:04 AM EST
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA: (L-R) Shareef O’Neal, Shaquille O’Neal, and Shaqir O’Neal attends 2019 NBA Awards at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)


As one of the NBA’s biggest legends, Shaquille O’Neal and his opinions on the NBA are the gold standard in the basketball world. Alongside basketball, O’Neal comments on events in other sports too. He has established himself in the media world, and O’Neal recently expressed his thoughts on a controversial incident in football.

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O’Neal spoke about Antonio Brown, a free agent who previously played for Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL. He commented on Brown’s controversial exit from a Tampa Bay game. O’Neal disclosed his displeasure with Brown’s actions but also extended support to him as a family man and father on ‘The Big Podcast with Shaq’.

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 26: Shaquille O’Neal (center) with his family attends the “Uncle Drew” New York Premiere on June 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

O’Neal said, “Now you got a million outlets covering this guy; talking about him, embarrassing him. I’m not going to do that this time, I wish him well. I know he’s a father like Spice and myself. Know he has a wife, fiance whatever.”

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He added, “I wish him well. I wish him the best. Professionally wise, Spice and myself wouldn’t handle it like that. It didn’t look good, it didn’t look professional.”

Brown involved himself in a bizarre incident during Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ game against the New York Jets. He undressed on the sideline before hurling his gear into the audience stands. Brown then proceeded to exit the arena. The Buccaneers eventually released Brown, who later commented on the incident saying, “It wasn’t necessary or professional.”

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Shaquille O’Neal and his life as a father and family man

While Shaquille O’Neal has remained immensely successful in his basketball career, he has also kept his social life dominated through family commitments. Shaq has six children and four of them play basketball. By O’Neal’s own admissions, he generously provides for his close family and also extended family.

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By providing for his family, O’Neal has fulfilled the promises he made to his late stepfather, Phillip Harrison. O’Neal once said, “I protect them and provide for my family.” O’Neal’s stepfather passed away in 2013, but he still honors his father’s legacy through his own family life.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the 'Greek Freak'.

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