By LARRY VAUGHT
Former LSU and NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is not happy that a comment he said was clearly a joke turned into a national story about him getting money during his college playing days.
During the 12th annual Los Angeles Lakers All-Access fundraiser Monday, O’Neal was asked about his years at LSU. Los Angeles Times beat writer Mike Bresnahan quoted O’Neal’s answer: “Yes, they paid very well. Statute of limitations is up. I can talk about it.” Then he added, “Snitches get stitches . . . what can I say?”
Bresnaham did note that O’Neal was laughing but the reporter thought he was “speaking honestly” about his LSU days.
Here is an email that O’Neal shared with Dale Brown, his coach at LSU, that he sent to Bresnahan and Brown sent to me:
“That was the dumbest story I have ever read in my life. If you were in attendance , you would have clearly seen it was a joke. But I see you tried to use the moment to gain a name for yourself. It didn’t work. I despise writers who use yellow journalistic tactics to try a gain national exposure.
“You took a joke and tried to make into some sort of controversy.And for what, you have 82 followers on twitter now, did this attract more followers. What was your purpose ? You owe me, and the honorable people of LSU an apology.”