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Shaquille O’Neal Dumps Dallas Cowboys; Pledges Allegiance to Giants After Drafting Odell Beckham Jr.

May 23rd, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Dan Benton

The Dallas Cowboys have lost another one to the New York Giants. And although it wasn't a game or the NFC East crown, it was an equally large, often hilarious personality.

During the broadcast of "Inside the NBA" on TNT this past Wednesday night, former NBA superstar and popular media personality, Shaquille O'Neal, announced that he would be divorcing the Dallas Cowboys — effectively burning his fan card — and jumping onto the Big Blue bandwagon.

The reasoning, as Shaq promptly alluded, was the Giants' decision to draft LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the first-round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

The reason for the sudden shift in loyalty was a deeply personal one. O'Neal and his family are very close with the Beckham family, and Shaq has know Odell since his birth — he even refers to him as his "nephew." He grew up with Odell's Father, rooming with him while attending LSU in the 90's, while also becoming friends with Heather Van Norman, Odell's Mother, who was a track star at LSU at the same time.

And, hey, it doesn't hurt that Shaq will now have an opportunity to cheer for a Super Bowl contending team. That's a drastic change-of-pace for the big fella.


Tags: Dallas, Dallas Cowboys, Football, LSU, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Odell Beckham Jr., Shaquille O'Neal

7 Responses to “Shaquille O’Neal Dumps Dallas Cowboys; Pledges Allegiance to Giants After Drafting Odell Beckham Jr.”

  1.  GOAT56 says:


    BigBlueGiant says:
    May 23, 2014 at 11:29 AM
    REPOST:! GOAT56 says:
    May 23, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Your concerns about TE are fair. But RB? We are not asking anyone to be AP. Just solid to good NFL RBs. Think about the profile of guys like Bradshaw, Ward, Jacobs and even Brown before we got quality play from them. With RB having 3 above average guys is what works in the NFL. Look at Denver’s running attack last year. Or NE attack since Corey Dillon. Its much the same. I think you’re trying to find a top level guy when that’s not the goal. The issue last year where our options ended up being borderline NFL RBs. I don’t think that’s the case with Jennings, Williams or Wilson you can argue how good each is on their merits but they are all NFL RBs with above average talent.

    100% I have concerns about the RB’s. You see what we’re working with? A guy who has fumble problems and a bad neck who also hasn’t done much in games except in garbage time, a 3rd stringer from OAKLAND who played well when he got the time, coming into a new offense that he has to learn and a rookie thatin all honesty might turn out to be the BEST of the group. How can you NOT be a little skeptical about this running game?

    And i’m not looking for an AP. Or CJ2 in his prime. I’ll settle for good. But calling this group a 3 headed monster is a bit silly. Right now, they’re more like the 3 Amigos. Hopefully they’ll be adequate. Which i think they will be. But i’m still uncertain about the group. They’re all unproven.

    aikitim says:
    May 23, 2014 at 11:54 AM
    I for one hope they work well as a trio and that the nickname 3 Amigos sticks.


    •  GOAT56 says:

      3 headed monster is overstating it but I think you’re taking it too literally. Even being an O my expectation is for them to combine to have good production. But I do see it possibly being excellent production. I see a lot more in Wilson than you do. Wilson is a guy that can have a young Tiki type role in this offense. Jennings was the starter for much of last year for the Raiders. They even played him over Mcfadden at times. There are many Raider fans that wanted to keep Jennings over Mcfadden.

      I learned from Tiki that RB talent is overrated. What you need is many capable RBs. Last year the issue is we only had 2 RBs that were capable and maybe a young guy that will be one day when Brown got injured. Then we only had one capable RB, that set us up for failure. This year we have 3 capable RBs and maybe a young guy that will become something. I think that’s all you need.

      The coaching staff messed up with how they handled Wilson. He lost fumbles in only 2 games in his career so far. those were horrible mistakes and he should have been sat down like was for those games but then allowed to play fully the next week. Especially when you have no one else capable.

      How many teams go down hill because they lose a star RB? I can’t recall one in recent years. Team only go down hill when their backups suck. That’s why so few RBs get paid and are valued nowadays.

      •  BigBlueGiant says:

        Goat, i’m not disagreeing with you at all. And i think they’ll be efficient enough in McAddo’s offense. Especially since he’s not known for the running game.

        But… you have to admit, there are MAJOR concerns about Wilson. And I just don’t see the hype. If he can’t get to the outside, the kid doesn’t run well North to South between the tackles. Anyway… whatev’s.

        hope you have a good memorial day weekend!

        •  GOAT56 says:

          I think he’s been given a chance not only to show what he could do but to learn and grow. I thought he ran in between the tackles hard last year, the blocking was horrible. I think the major concerns about Wilson is the injury but as a player if given the chance to play through mistakes he will be a good player.

          I hope you and everyone else has a good memorial day weekend

  2.  BigBlueGiant says:

    Wanted to wish everyone a happy and SAFE Memorial Day Weekend.

    while BBQ’ing with Friends and family or whatever your plans may be, please take a brief moment to recognize what this weekend really is and remember to say a prayer for all those that lost their lives fighting for our freedoms.

    and don’t drink and drive please!!!

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    Let’s bring Shaq in to play tight end. We’d be headed to the Super Bowl!

    Memorial Day is a sacred holiday. I’m not one to over-romanticize our fighters (some have been heroes, some have been doing what they thing good Americans should, some are just drifting and cannot think of anything better to do) and their causes (some have been righteous, others not), but ALL of us should be grateful for the many, many, who have gone into the breach and fought when many would cower or run. Beginning with the Revolutionary War, which seemed a lost cause many times and would have failed if fought by a less ornery bunch determined to be free of Old World ideas and rule; on through a war in 1812 that saved a newborn nation; to the Civil War that led to the full establishment of a continental nation unlike any other; to the World Wars that protected a Western Civilization well worth saving from those who would destroy it; and even those wars of empire (Mexican, Philippines, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan) that may have had debatable purposes, there have always been those who “stood at the wall” for us, many of whom lost their lives on our behalf. Whether you agree with their purpose or not, you must admire the men (and now women) who have been put, or put themselves, under fire so that our way of life would live on even without them. This is the weekend to remember them with gratitude. If we don’t honor them we dishonor ourselves. You don’t have to be a warmonger, or even a believer in the results of war, to believe that with all your heart.

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