I have been swamped the last few months with the whole running a company thing plus trying to have a social life, obligations, you guys get it. So I didn't get a chance to talk at all about the amazing NBA season that brought me back as a fan and the worst pick up basketball player of all time :)
However I was talking with my new business manager Badghdad Billy Walsh last night and while in the midst of talking about the Elton Brand Clippers mess and how Kobe's flaws as an offensive player were showcased in the finals( Seriously you put a 6-8 athletic James Posey,Paul Pierce, Tayshaun Prince type on him and Kobe becomes a very average 2) I asked him if he had heard Shaq's freestyle from some NY club about a week after the finals. He hadn't. Maybe you haven't either, if not check it out:
So a couple things to keep in mind. We are in the internet age so ANYTIME you get on stage anywhere you have to assume someone is going to record it on a cell phone. Shaq gets this. Hell Kobe got caught last summer talking about how Andrew Bynum should have been traded in a parking lot at the mall. So Shaq had to know Kobe would see this. Immediately after Shaq came out and said that it wasn't serious, he's an MC, etc..
I also will acknowledge that Shaq probably felt out of the spotlight. For the first time Kobe was in the spotlight without Shaq. So this was at least partially motivated in my mind at at least by Shaq's well known love of the limelight. Anyone remember Shaq-fu the video game? Or Can't stop the Reign the track he recorded with Biggie... Shaq loves attention. But I don't think that's why he did this.
As everyone knows I loath Kobe Bryant as an athlete. I also respect the fact that he's been the best player in the NBA since somewhere around 2002/2003. I think that he's extremely selfish, one of the worst teammates I've ever seen, and possibly a sociopath. That said there was a defining moment that Kobe lost me. It was the Colorado rape trial. Not the actual trial or even the fact that Kobe was arrested for sexual assault. No, it was when he ratted Shaq out to the cops. Kobe told the police that shaq paid girls like this off all the time. So we got a real glimpse at what type of person Kobe Bryant actually is. The type of person who will say or do ANYTHING to keep himself out of trouble. No matter who he has to throw under the bus.
Shaq even alludes to this incident in the freestyle where he says " I'm a horse Kobe told the police. Now I'm getting a divorce. Kobe said I gave a bitch a mil. I don't do that cause my name's Shaquille." That line to me is why i don't buy Shaq saying it was just a joke. Everybody knows the saying that every joke has a little bit of truth to it.Well Shaq actually is getting divorced. I think most wifes of professional athletes have a don't ask, don't tell policy with their husbands. They get amzing houses, cars, and 7 million dollar diamond rings in exchange for pretending they don't know why they couldn't get ahold of their man after the game. But I would imagine having a report come out where a teammate accuses your husband of paying off girls for sex all the time might have influenced the former Mrs O'Neal to investigate things a bit further.
So the question becomes if Shaq hates Kobe so much, why doesn't he do something about it? Like for me if someone was stealing my material, claiming they had come up with it and then was going to be presenting at the same conference as me( Like in Orlando at the Under 21 convention) I'd fuck them up. Why? Because they deserve it. Likewise if someone ruined my marriage and cost me 10s of millions of dollars(which is a pretty conservative figure for Shaq's eventual settlement) I'd want a little payback. So here I am officially starting the Shaq should punch Kobe fund. According to NBA.com the fine would not be more than $35,000. From NBA.com Rules
Section VI--Fighting Fouls
a. Technical fouls shall be assessed players, coaches or trainers for fighting. No free throws will be attempted. The participants will be ejected immediately.
b. This rule applies whether play is in progress or the ball is dead.
c. If a fighting foul occurs with a team in possession of the ball, that team will retain possession on the sideline nearest the spot where play was interrupted but no nearer to the baseline than the free throw line extended.
d. If a fighting foul occurs with neither team in possession, play will be resumed with a jump ball between any two opponents who were in the game at the center circle.
e. A fine not exceeding $35,000 and/or suspension may be imposed upon such person(s) by the Commissioner at his sole discretion.
I personally am willing to contribute $ 1,000 to watch Shaq punch Kobe as long as it's a clear shot to the face. So we need to raise 34,000 That's 1 dollar from 34K people.
So how can you help?
1. Post this EVERYWHERE you can! The more support the better. We need facebook groups, A myspace page everything.
2. I'm sending this to Shaq's agent, and PR company. If anyone has a better way to get it to be seen by Shaq hit me up over email Sinns travel @ G mail.
3. If you want to contribute email me
4. If you want to set up an office pool to contribute email me.
5. Help me fill every NBA mailbag from Sports Illustrated to Slam magazine to my beloved Sports Guy. We need publicity.
To Shaq punching Kobe!