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originally posted by: Capitalsource
I really wish people would stop trying to 'get even' over the whole Sterling debacle.
The two incident's aren't even remotely comparable.
Donald Sterling described black people as "the enemy" and he didn't want them at his games.
Shaq, whilst being an idiot and trying to keep his Instagram followers entertained, took a selfie comparing it to what looks on the surface, just another person pulling a stupid face. Unfortunately, the young man he mocked had a disability. Shaq has apologized for his ignorance and will no doubt support the young mans cause.
We will never get rid of racism if people constantly try to justify it by comparing it to other unrelated incidents.
If Shaq had said he finds all disabled people funny, or he hated white people then we might be on to something, but he didn't. So, Stop it.
originally posted by: HawkeyeNation
Just stop people just stop. We're talking about a grown man making fun of another grown man. Yes it's in bad taste but c'mon people. To say he is disgusting, unintelligent human being is not accurate. His decision making might be a little wrong but bad decisions does not make a someone a terrible person. I've made many terrible decision growing up and I have learned from many of those. In fact i wouldn't be who I am today without those. So I'm actually kind of glad those happened. Everyone still makes mistakes and Shaq owned up to his mistake & apologized. It's not our job to judge whether or not he meant it.
We've all been to Walmart...we've all seen the people at Walmart. While I try hard not to judge people I sometimes in my mind just plain and simply judge people because they stink, wear disgusting clothes or plain and simply are down right rude ignorant people. Am I wrong for judging...yes but it natural instinct.
Long rant but my point is lets not make this any bigger than what it truly is.
Also to those who state Shaq is an uneducated goon that is far from the truth.
O'Neal left LSU for the NBA after three years. However, he promised his mother he would eventually return to his studies and complete his bachelor's degree. He fulfilled that promise in 2000, earning his bachelor of arts in general studies. Coach Phil Jackson let O'Neal miss a home game so he could attend graduation. At the ceremony, he told the crowd "now I can go and get a real job". Subsequently, O'Neal earned an MBA online through the University of Phoenix in 2005. In reference to his completion of his MBA degree, he stated: "It's just something to have on my resume for when I go back into reality. Someday I might have to put down a basketball and have a regular 9-to-5 like everybody else."
Toward the end of his playing career, he began work on an Ed.D. in Human Resource Development at Barry University. His doctoral capstone topic was "The Duality of Humor and Aggression in Leadership Styles". O'Neal received his degree in 2012. O'Neal told a reporter for ABC News that he plans to further his education still by attending law school.
O'Neal has also studied directing and cinematography with the New York Film Academy's Filmmaking Conservatory.
originally posted by: Deny Arrogance
Well the clippers removed the page with the info about donating 80,000 tickets but it is still mentioned in the google search description.
I don't think anybody can honestly claim he did not want any black people at all to attend the games. He clearly did not want any black people to come with V and sit in his section, which is bigoted enough on its own without needing further embellishment.
Donald T. Sterling | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE LOS ANGELES ... www.nba.com/clippers/roster/donaldtsterling.html Donald T. Sterling ranks among the longest-tenured NBA owners, and is one of the few ... of 80,000 tickets for local children and their families through the Donald T. Sterling ... He has received many honors, including the 2009 NAACP Lifetime ...
originally posted by: stargatetravels
So did Shaq know the guy was handicapped and had an actual condition?
Or did he, like most people these days just see a picture of a weird looking guy seemingly pulling a face and copy it?
Shaq didn't get the benefit of seeing the news piece or knowing that the guy had a condition, from the photo posted it is not obvious.
I saw a stand up a few years ago and he encouraged hecklers - a woman called out with a squeaky voice and the comedian joked if she was trapped down a well or stuck in the toilet because her voice was very odd.
Obviously he couldn't see and neither could I or most people.
During the interval making my way to the bathroom I spot the lady who called out, she was several rows back from me, in a wheelchair, and clearly had a condition that affected growth and so on.
Nobody would have laughed and the comedian would not have said anything knowing this.
These things happen and unless Shaq actually KNEW the mans condition before 'mocking' him in a photo, then this is just a stupid non issue that is now being hijacked because of the clippers race story.
“I think the league should take a very long, hard look at whether this guy should continue being an owner or not,” Shaquille O’Neal said.
originally posted by: jackj
The minute he mocked Romney during a televised game was the last time I had anything positive to say about this baller. Ever read Shaqs application for the LAPD. Check it out online. You may choke just by reading his answers.
So what do you think Shaq feels toward the man (which is how he feels about deformed people in general because he didn't know him)?
originally posted by: jonnywhite
I just don't think Shaq truly HATES the handicapped guy. Should there be consequences to making this bad joke? Of course. People will not respect Shaq as much anymore. Either he learns this and makes better jokes, or doesn't. Either way, I think if Shaq actually meets the handicapped man, he'll feel very sorry for making the joke. He doesn't HATE the man.
As a mad man who casts firebrands, arrows, and death, so is the man that destroys his friend and says," Am I not in sport?"