Back in February, Inside The NBA analyst and NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal got into a verbal spat with Golden State Warriors big man JaVale McGee.
The two have had a well-documented history of going back and forth with Shaq making McGee a butt of his jokes during his Shaqtin’ A Fool segment on Inside The NBA where he highlights or ‘lowlights’ the least desirable plays of that week. Their controversy came to a head when they took to Twitter to express their frustration.
After the segment, McGee tweeted:
“Maybe he’s in love with me …. maybe I should be flattered? IDK GUYS!!” Shaq fired back with, among other comments about “BUM”
Shaq swiftly replied: McGee: “we gonna see how tough you are when I see yo ass.”
Warriors forward Kevin Durant even chimed in: “I didn’t know cops could threaten civilians like that,” he told the press.
Cooler heads eventually prevailed. Many believed O’Neal had finally taken it too far, and Marcus Thompson II of the Mercury News even wrote about the reasons O’Neal was out of line. Thompson noted that it wasn’t until Shaq’s mother, Lucille O’Neal stepped in that he realized it was time to put an end to their long-standing feud.
“I have orders from the top to leave it alone,” Shaq told ESPN’s The Undefeated. “No, [not NBA commissioner Adam Silver]. My mama. Just say Shaq’s mom, called him, told him, ‘Stop this silliness. Leave him alone.’ So that’s the end of the beef”