NBA icon Shaquille O’Neal (Shaq) is again in the headline for his controversial social media activities. Shaq did not hold back his criticism of Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving. Shaquille and Charles Barkley have called Kyrie an idiot multiple times on the pregame TNT show for posting a book about how black people were the original Jews because Israel is in Africa.
Kyrie even didn’t react to Shaq’s comment. The Los Angeles Laker’s legend is highly criticized on social media for calling another black man an idiot on national television to please the white man.
Calling another black man an idiot on national television to please the white man typical Shaq and kyrie didn’t SAY anything https://t.co/soUOywJWZn— J (@girlsluvvvj2) November 2, 2022
Shaq refused to comment and expound on Irving’s recent actions, but he did share some strong words for the Nets star. He emphasized the need for athletes like him to use their platform responsibly and be aware that what they put out could influence others. In O’Neal’s perspective, however, Irving doesn’t care how his actions will affect his followers and other people.
“It hurts me sometimes when we have to sit up here to talk about stuff that divides the game. That we gotta answer for what this idiot has done.” The Los Angeles Laker’s legend speaks on Kyrie Irving.
Nothing Charles Barkley said was wrong and Shaq acting like he called klay thompson a scrub pic.twitter.com/RhSXiJ4goW— John (@iam_johnw) November 2, 2022
Charles Barley commented on Kyrie,” I think the NBA dropped the ball. I think he should have been Suspended…I can’t believe that we ain’t talking about basketball, we’re talking about this idiot”.
For his part, Kyrie denied that he is promoting antisemitism and said such labels on him are “not justified.” He stood by what he posted and refused to apologize.
“I’m not here to argue over a culture or a person or a religion and what they believe. This is what is here. It’s on a public platform. Did I do anything illegal? Did I hurt anybody? Did I harm anybody? Am I going out and saying that I hate one specific group of people?” Irving exclaimed.
“So out of all the judgment that people got out of me posting I just, without talking to me, and I respect what Joe [Tsai] said, but there has a lot to do with not ego or pride with how proud I am of my African heritage but also to be living as a free Black man here in America knowing the historical complexities for me to get here. “So I’m not going to stand down on anything I believe in. I’m only going to get stronger because I’m not alone. I have a whole army around me.”