Shaquille O’Neal was a star at LSU before he became one of the best centers in NBA history, and recently made some controversial comments. Speaking to reporters at a Los Angeles Lakers All-Access event, including Mike Bresnahan of The Los Angeles Times and Baxter Holmes of ESPN, Shaq made some joking comments about how LSU “paid well.”
Shaq on his years at LSU: “Yes, they paid very well." Then he added, "Hey, the statute of limitations is up." He was laughing.
— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) January 26, 2016
Shaq wants his son to play @ LSU: “You can probably get a house, you can get 2 cars. I’ll set it up for you. I know some people down there."
— Baxter Holmes (@Baxter) January 26, 2016
Joking or not, it wouldn’t at all be shocking if Shaq was paid during his college days. Houston Texans running back Arian Foster full on admitted that he was paid during his time at Tennessee just so he could buy food.
Thus, even if Shaq isn’t joking, what’s the NCAA going to do? Prevent his son Shareef, a 2018 top recruit, from playing for the Tigers? Slap Shaq on the wrist and tell him not to mention it again? There’s really nothing that can be done.
Either way, regardless of what the reality is, it’s nice to know that Shaq looks back fondly on his time in Baton Rouge, with or without the nice cars.
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