“You’re the Smartest One..”: Shaquille O’Neal Downplays His Intelligence to Reassure Close Friend Against Fans “Coming for Her Neck”

Published 11/21/2022, 10:30 AM EST

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NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal has no problem expressing himself, and he made sure to do the same on his recent podcast. The 7-foot giant went all-out as he discussed his back-and-forth with Kanye West. Explaining what he meant by his tweets and how trolls do not affect him. His colleague went on to explain her experience with trolls, which mostly occur due to the podcast. Shaq explained how it was all because of her intelligence and how it threatened many.

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Nischelle Turner explained her few moments with trolls because of some comments made on the podcast. O’Neal reassured his colleague that it wasn’t caused by any fault of her own.

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Shaquille O’Neal praises the intelligence of his colleague

The recent The Big Shaq podcast was one to witness, as Shaquille O’Neal dissected Kanye West’s comments. The former MVP cleared his stance on the back and forth and how he couldn’t care less about the trolls. Some Kanye fans have not taken kindly to Shaq, however, he wasn’t too bothered about it.

His co-host on the podcast Nischelle Turner mentioned how she sometimes has a tough time with trolls. And how the comments on the podcast are misconstrued as Turner bears the brunt of it. The Los Angeles Lakers legend advised how to deal with the trolls and downplayed his intelligence while praising her.

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Y’all say one thing on the podcast, and people come for my neck,” said Turner. Shaq suggested trolls would stop if she stops responding to them. To which Turner replied “No I don’t. They just keep coming at me.” The Big Diesel interrupted and said, “Because you’re the smartest one on this podcast.” 

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It’s not unlike O’Neal to praise his colleagues but he also downplayed his own brains while mentioning this. Some might not agree with Shaq’s statements because no one can amass such a huge fortune and complete two degrees while playing basketball without brains. Coming from the four-time NBA champion, it is a huge compliment.

Shaq and his business empire

The 50-year-old legend’s fortune is worth a massive $400 Million. This feat is very impressive, considering his lifetime career earnings were around $292 Million. Shaq owns over 100 food-chain businesses and has also invested in some possibly life-changing products. The basketball legend credits all of this to his decision in getting higher education in business studies.

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Shankha Shuvra Das

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Shankha Shuvra Das is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He holds a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Economics and has extensive experience in freelance content creation, especially in the field of technology. Shankha's passion for covering the sport of basketball stems from his love for the NBA, which he has been following closely for several years now.
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