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Shaq decides he wants a fine for Christmas, rips refs

Dec 26, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT


Stu Jackson — the NBA VP who decides who gets fined and when — doesn’t work on Christmas. So it may be a couple days until he gets around to fining Shaquille O’Neal. But he will.

Shaq fouled out in just 12 minutes of play Saturday, then afterwards said this, as reported by FanHouse.

“We have two premier big men out there today. He is pushing, I’m pushing. Let us play,” O’Neal said. “If I was fan, I would be pissed. You pay all that money for good seats and you have two of the best guys in the country sitting on the bench. That’s what happens when you have control freaks out there.’..

“I guess they (fans) come out to see No. 26 play (referee Bob Delaney wears 26). He was a great player out there today,” O’Neal said. “They paid all that money to see No. 26 come play. My thing is, if you’re going to call it, call it the same way every time. Don’t pick and choose who you are going to call it against.’

Shaq’s sixth foul came when he and Dwight Howard were pushing on each other and Howard flopped for effect (he said he tripped).

And the fine is coming. Bet on it.

  1. jstrizzle - Dec 26, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Shaq is not a premier big man. Not anymore at least. Clearly someone spiked his egg nog.

    • secdominance - Dec 26, 2010 at 5:16 PM

      I was thinking the same thing. Talking about 2 premier big men, I was like OK Dwight Howard is one, who’s the other person he’s talking about?

      • steelerdynasty2010 - Dec 26, 2010 at 6:10 PM

        his rings would beg to differ…obviously not the shaq of old, but if he was, that would completely defy nature and logic….o, and he’s RIGHT!! but the refs arent really the ones who want to be control freaks (the earn just the same if they dont call fouls), its Stern. he’s the head control freak and wields his power as often as he can.

  2. frankvzappa - Dec 26, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    maybe if players stand up to authoritarianism, the rest of America will stand up to this fascist police state hellhole…

  3. kountryking - Dec 26, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    Once again, an important game decided by the refs. The more the Celtics win, the more the refs get involved calling bad fouls. The NBA is disgraceful. Stern ought to fine himself.

  4. damnskins703 - Dec 26, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    The Refs suck… College sports are better

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