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Judge throws out wild kidnapping case tied to Shaq

Aug 10, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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

When we told you about a wild kidnapping and beating case in Los Angeles that involved gang members, orders from Shaquille O’Neal, and an alleged sex tape involving the former NBA center,  we had doubts. Shaq denied everything and was never charged. We took that story with enough salt to make a nice prosciutto.

The judge in the case wasn’t buying it either.

The judge threw out the charges against the alleged gang members on Tuesday saying the key witness — the man allegedly kidnapped — was not to be trusted, reports the New York Daily News.

“We did not have the necessary confidence in the victim Robert Ross to proceed,” District Attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison told the Daily News.

A law enforcement source said one major red flag was an electronic message Ross allegedly sent to O’Neal’s ex-wife Shaunie O’Neal during the case that warned her it was time to “pay up.”

The victim claims to have had an affair with Shaunie. I don’t know, I don’t care if it’s true.

This, however, is not the last of the wild lawsuits Shaq needs to fend off.

Whenever we get a season Shaq will be on the TNT studio set as an analyst and foil for Charles Barkley.

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