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Shaquille O’Neal Reveals Why He Chose Turner Over ESPN
Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
While on Marchand and Ourand, Shaquille O'Neal revealed that it was a pitch TNT’s then-president David Levy that convinced him to join Turner over ESPN...
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“Mr. Levy came to my house and he said, ‘We don’t need you, but we would like to have you,’” Shaq said, via Larry Brown Sports. “ESPN was saying we need you. So, I was thinking if I have a bad day at Turner, I’m gonna be OK. But if I have a bad day at ESPN, it can only get worse.”

“Listen, I have a different type of love for Ernie Johnson,” Shaq said. “Ernie Johnson was a guy that I used to watch on TV. He actually came to my house when I was 17 years old to interview me. I love his voice. I love how he treats people.

“I’m not as good as Ernie. So, me being by myself, I’m gonna have to carry. I don’t think my ADHD would allow me to carry a show by myself. Being a teammate on a great team I think has done well for us… Just being one of the guys is something I enjoy, rather than trying to be the guy. I could never do what Ernie does.”
(The Spun)

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75503Tiger32 months
Shaq in 2032!! President O’Neil, would you support him with a vote?
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rabend132 months
Shaq is one of the best at his profession on the planet. Yet, he finds ways to heap praise on others...great human being
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soccerfüt32 months
Shaq wonderfully represents LSU.
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ElTigreFuego32 months
Gotta love the Big Aristotle
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atltiger648732 months
Shaquille is truly one of the most likable guys on the planet. And not a single bit of that has to do with his skin color. Incredible guy. Period.
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jscrims32 months
Then when even bring up skin color?
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atltiger648732 months
"Then when even bring up skin color"... because of the awful racial climate being constantly brought up by the Twitter mob and leftists all over the country. We love Shaq because he's Shaq, nothing else. That was my point.
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Reservoir Ag32 months
God I love that dude! Shaq is the finest example of how black and white people should get along. So much respect and admiration for him and his family!!!
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Ipissexcellence32 months
This is why I vote for Shaq to be the ambassador for the human race when the aliens come.
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Giantkiller32 months
Shaq is probably one of the finest humans on this planet.
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OSoBad32 months
Love the guy. He does so many random good things for people and doesn't have to have any recognition.
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Geauxldninja32 months
Legend
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deathvalleytiger1032 months
Confident and classy. A rare combination in professional athletes now days. Shaq has it.
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