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Shaquille O’Neal A Criminal?

Two sides to every story

One month ago future hall-of-famer Shaquille O’Neal shocked the world when he decided to hang up the jersey and call it quits as he decided to retire. Now just about a little over a month later since hanging it up Shaquille O’Neal has shocked the world again.

On Friday July 15th a lawsuit was filed against Shaquille O’Neal by his former friend Robert Ross. Ross told the L.A. County Superior Court that O’Neal paid him and requested for him to commit a series of murders and attacks on people that did wrong to him in the past.

The people who O’Neal is being accused of placing hurt and/or kill orders on include a gang member that reportedly embarrassed and disrespected O’Neal in front of his wife Shaunie when the two were downtown and a woman who O’Neal supposedly impregnated and paid for an abortion for. The woman’s name was disclosed.

It doesn’t stop there, O’Neal also allegedly ordered Ross to kill a renowned record producer and to break the arm of an NBA player’s shooting arm. Ross wouldn’t admit if he carried out any of these orders from O’Neal.

O’Neal’s lawyer would respond to this whole break out by saying in an interview with TMZ that “The outlandish claims by Robert Ross in his civil complaint are pure fiction.  Shaquille O’Neal befriended Mr. Ross in an attempt to help turn his life around.  Sadly, Mr. Ross abused that friendship again and again. Shaquille’s commitment to law enforcement is well-known and documented.  He will not dignify these defamatory allegations with a response.

Now while this seems like a propaganda scam or a fake report, it’s not. These allegations of complaint for false impersonation, kidnapping, assault and battery, robbery-conversion of personal property, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and breach of contract were all accusations filed towards O’Neal and signed by John A. Clarke of the L.A. County Superior Court on July 15th 2011.

Wow. Who would ever think that the 7 foot 1 inch loveable, funny, outgoing, caring, Shaquille O’Neal would be in the situation that he’s in now? One could only think that Robert Ross would be lying about this as an act to gain revenge on O’Neal or to gain attention or something along those lines. But accusing a person of O’Neal’s magnitude for false impersonation, kidnapping, assault and battery, robbery-conversion of personal property, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and breach of contract and to lie about that…well that’s a bit too much.

Shaquille O’Neal has faced a lot of opponents in his life, at all different stages, bringing along with it all different pressures and challenges. But this opponent, Robert Ross and this stage of O’Neal’s life of freedom on the line, well that’s certainly bigger then any game Shaquille O’Neal has suited up for.


Yao Ming Retires: His Legacy

It's over, Yao Ming has called it quits.

After nine seasons in the NBA at age 30 Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets has decided to retire. Going out quietly unlike superstars that we have seen in the past such as Shaquille O’Neal, who hosted a press conference at his house and on the night of releasing his decision to retire, he would talk with analysts on ESPN. Or not like Brett Favre, who held a press conference in tears saying how much he was going to miss playing in the NFL. Nope, all it took was word of mouth for the China native as he has officially said his last goodbyes.

During those nine seasons Ming played in 486 games averaging 19.2 points per game to go along with 9.2 rebounds per game. Also during those nine seasons Ming who averaged 19.2 points per game scored the most points for a center from 2002-2009 and was fourth in rebounds during that time period. Not only was Ming an unstoppable force on the court but the accomplishments that he made off the court was just as great if not better. Starting with how he pretty much single handily globalized the NBA in China, a population of 3 billion or more all buying his jersey’s, tuning into his games, and many other great things.

Standing tall at 7 feet 6 inches Yao Ming the third tallest player in NBA history began facing injury after injury, set back after set back, and heartbreak after heartbreak. Just when things looked like they were going to change for the big man within the blink of an eye everything went down-hill again. After reports broke last September saying that Ming would only be able to play 24 minutes at the most a game and wouldn’t be able to play in back to back games, it became very evident that his retirement was right around the corner.

Sure enough in the seventh game of the season, Yao Ming six minutes into the game would leave with an injury. Leaving with one rebound and one block those six minutes would be the last that the NBA and we the fans would see of the great Yao Ming. Now nearly 11 months and several days later Yao Ming sometimes known as Ming Yao is retiring or as they say in China 退休 (meaning of retired in Chinese). Ming did a lot of great things for the NBA and he will forever be remembered.


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