The Big Aristotle is imparting some words of wisdom, and he’s taking down King James at the same time.
During the season debut of TNT’s pregame show, Shaquille O’Neal stood up for Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey, who fired off a tweet supporting the pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong.
“Daryl Morey was right,” Shaq told the panel, “Whenever you see something going on wrong anywhere in the world, you should have the right to say ‘That’s not right,’ and that’s what he did.”
#NEW: Shaquille O’Neal on NBA/China scandal: “One of our best values here in America is free speech. We’re allowed to say what we want to say and to speak out on injustices and that’s just how it goes ... Daryl Morey was right.”pic.twitter.com/8KawUxsOUw— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) October 23, 2019
“As American people, we do a lot of business in China and they know and understand our values and we understand their values,” Shaq added, “One of our best values in America is free speech. We’re allowed to say what we want to say and we’re allowed to speak up on injustices, and that’s just how it goes.”
O’Neal’s take is in direct contrast to the way in which Lebron James answered a similarly-asked question just over a week ago.
“Even though yes, we do have freedom of speech, there can be a lot of negative that comes from that,” as James was torched for his comments while also referring to Morey as “misinformed” and “not educated” regarding the China-Hong Kong conflict.
That’s a convenient approach to take when a relatively anonymous GM doesn’t carry nearly the same degree of clout as arguably the greatest basketball player of his generation.
But now that the 7-foot, 325-pound Shaq Diesel has elected to weigh in on the topic, I’d like to see Lebron refer to O’Neal’s opinion as one that’s also “uneducated.”
Of course, not that a post-secondary education should determine someone’s level of intelligence, but it wreaks of contradiction that James should be calling out anyone as uneducated considering the Lakers star never bothered to step foot into a college classroom.
As for O’Neal, he spent three years at LSU before he was chosen first overall in the 1992 NBA Draft.
Impressively, Shaq fulfilled a vow to his mother that he’d return to school to complete his degree which he did in 2000 with a B.A. in general studies to go along with a minor in political science.
So please Lebron, don’t just stop with Morey. There’s a lot of “uneducated” people out there who need you to offer up some of your thought-provoking intellect.
Calling out Shaq would make things really interesting.