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Shaq Mourns Kobe Bryant’s Death

Shaquille O’Neal’s reaction to Kobe Bryant’s death is one the sports world wanted to hear. O’Neal tweeted out:

There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW

O’Neal buried a non-existent hatchet with Kobe years ago over Bryant ratting him out in his rape case. Shaq talked to The Daily Beast a few years ago about their relationship:

“There never was a hatchet. I’m not worried about that…That’s something that happened and I didn’t think it would’ve gone on, but there was never a hatchet. As a leader, sometimes you gotta do certain things, like, if I owned The Daily Beast and you came back with a bad article and I know your potential, I’d be like, ‘That’s some bullshit,’ and you’d either punk up and quit, or say, ‘Oh, it’s bullshit?’ and write a better piece. It was my job to get everyone to play at a high level. People want things to go perfectly, and if you really look at it, three out of four championships is pretty perfect. I’m glad and honored to be the most enigmatic, controversial, and dynamic one-two punch in Lakers and NBA history

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“There never was a hatchet…It was two guys competing. But one thing you can say about Shaquille O’Neal is he always played the right way. That’s all I wanted to ever do, is play the right way. So I never took anything personally.”

Shaq sounds torn up over Kobe’s death. Prayers to Kobe’s family.

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