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Shaq tied to police investigation involving gang members, sex tape

Jun 14, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

Shaquille O'Neal laughs as he announces his retirement from NBA at a news conference in Windermere Reuters

Shaquille O’Neal is out of basketball but he is still making headlines. And not the kind you want if you are trying to land a television (or law enforcement) gig for next season….

Shaq has been tied to a police investigation about a man being kidnapped and beaten in 2008 by Los Angeles gang members trying to find a sex tape involving Shaq where the woman was not his wife at the time Shaunie, according to TMZ.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Ladell Rowles — a member of the Main Street Mafia Crip Gang in L.A. who is friends with Shaq — along with 6 other members went on a search and destroy mission in L.A. on February 11, 2008. They believed a man named Robert Ross had the sex tape (involving Shaq) and they tried getting it back with the help of a gun or two.

According to the police report, the 7 gang members met up with Ross at a convenience store — Pink Dot — on the Sunset Strip. The men allegedly surrounded Ross’ Rolls Royce Phantom with guns drawn, jumped into Ross’ car and ordered him to drive to Rowles’ house in South Central L.A.

Once there, Rowles allegedly pistol whipped Ross and demanded that he turn over the sex tape. Ross said he would get the tape and bring it back to them. The 7 men then allegedly took Ross’ Rolex, diamond chain and earrings, along with $15,000 in cash — then let Ross go.

The 7 men have been arrested and charged with robbery, kidnapping and other crimes. They are currently in the middle of a preliminary hearing and being held in jail.

Shaq has not been charged with any crime in this case nor do we know if he had knowledge of the alleged actions of the gang members.

TMZ has a whole lot more ugly details, however. Ross apparently had a deal with Shaq that if Ross brought artists to Shaq for his record label profits would be split down the middle. Ross says he delivered Ray J to Shaq but got no money for it. So, Ross was using the tape to essentially blackmail Shaq into giving him his money. (He has the alleged tape because of a security camera at Ross’ home where the act took place.)

Ross also claims to have had an affair with Shaq’s ex-Shaunie.


If I can wish for one thing to happen in this case, it’s not to have the sex tape exist or be released. The thought of a Shaq sex tape is making me throw up in my mouth a little.

  1. goforthanddie - Jun 14, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Yes please, no eShaqtions please. And definitely no orShaqms.

  2. skip3525 - Jun 14, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Unless the tape has Hoopz in it they can keep it.

  3. florida727 - Jun 14, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Wonder if it’s true that your shoe size is directly proportional to the size of your… never mind. Don’t want to know.

  4. rockybuddy - Jun 14, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Mrs. Shaq and that fancy TV show she is on would also have a little throw up in their mouthes. Let the tapes fly!

  5. blueintown - Jun 14, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    New nickname: The Big @#$%.

  6. muhangis - Jun 14, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Disgraceful considering he previously disguised himself as a cop. I guess it was all just a show. Is “typical pig” too redundant?

  7. trbowman - Jun 14, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Everytime Shaq finishes, he shouts “kazaam!”

  8. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 14, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    “throw up in my mouth a little.”
    Just a little Kurt? You must have a higher threshold than I do.

  9. randysavage4ever - Jun 14, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    good for shaq, that dude Ross shouldnt have had a sex tape of another person to begin with…what a creep

    so shaq enlisted “the streets” to help him, he went gangsta on ross..

    HAHA WHAT HE BROUGHT HIM RAY J…AND? – this dude Ross wants $$$ for that? LMFAO – its not like he brought him DRIZZY DRAKE or the next Marshall Mathers – come on now – if i was shaq & ross brought me ray j, i would be like and you want me to pay for this act?

    & this dude ross had an affair with his wife…

    OK NOT A BIG DEAL – SHAQ PAID THE GANG TO WRECK THIS FOOL ROSS – dont be messin with shaquielle – ISH IS REAL – WORD TO BIGGIE – love ya big…

    i can already feel my response post taken down & the thumbs down dislike clicks coming… that would be because i highly doubt anyone on this site has ever seen a REAL crip in person… Oakland Raiders all day…

    • randysavage4ever - Jun 14, 2011 at 8:16 PM

      I will give someone 100 dollars via paypal if they can read between the lines of the post & connect the dots…

  10. kcroyal - Jun 15, 2011 at 2:02 AM

    …oh he wears a size 23 shoe?

    Yep, not watching that sex tape.

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