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Shaq turned away from NYC club because he dressed down

Nov 17, 2011, 11:25 AM EDT

Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal of the Getty Images

Shaquille O’Neal may be an NBA legend, a television personality, social media star and now published author, it doesn’t matter. For some New York clubs you don’t dress up, you don’t get in. Period.

Here is the report from TMZ — who else did you think would have this story? (Hat tip to Eye on Basketball.)

TMZ has learned … Shaq rolled up to nightclub/restaurant Mars 2112 on Saturday night wearing jeans, a sweatshirt, tennis shoes and a beanie… But according to the club promoter, Mike Mogul, Shaq’s attire wasn’t up to club standards … so security politely informed the retired NBA star that he would not be allowed inside.

Sources at the club tell us Shaq calmly replied, “Are you serious?” … then shrugged his shoulders and walked down the street to another place that welcomed The Diesel with open arms.

I’m no club promoter or expert on New York nightlife, but you know what might help create a buzz about your club more than a strict dress code? Having Shaquille O’Neal seen in your club, and him tweeting about it. No matter what he was wearing.

The guy I feel bad for is the security guard, who is used to being the biggest guy on the block, having to walk up to Shaq, look up six to eight inches (giving up a hundred pounds) and deliver the news.

Please… end the lockout. I’d like to start writing about basketball again.

  1. dgforreal - Nov 17, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Kudos to the club for not bending because of a person’s status, even at the expense of promotion (which they are getting anyways because of this story lol)

    • changsteinelgamal - Nov 17, 2011 at 11:58 AM

      I thought clubs were in business to make money, and we know Shaq makes a lot, but he spends a lot, too.

      • skids003 - Nov 17, 2011 at 1:31 PM

        But isn’t he on that lousy tipper list?

  2. mjbulls45 - Nov 17, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    how dumb is the club owner?

    if your talking money and business, having shaq o’neal at your establishment , 1 of the greatest NBA players and recognizable faces, is sure to boost marketing, awareness, and overall a “good look” for any club,

    oh well i guess the club had to settle for rasho nestaravic (or however you spell it)

    shaq is 1 phone call away from lets see here… ummm , donald trump, jay-z, bradley cooper, and pretty much any actor , baller, singer you know

  3. stayhigh_247 - Nov 17, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    that dumbass doorman must be from Mars literally! Shaq should buy a club across the street and completely ruin these boneheads.. Mars 2112 is not Studio 54 circa ’77, most clubs have to pay celebs to make appearances and these morons turn away a millionaire! Calvin Klein always wears denim would they have turned him away too? What a bunch of morons!

  4. nathanbetz91 - Nov 17, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    I agree with the club not letting him in. Just because he’s a celebrity doesn’t mean they can do whatever they want. And I would hardly call him an NBA legend.

  5. packymalley - Nov 21, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    The star crazed culture of America is a joke. Mars 2112 is a place I might have to go to the next time I am in NY. I’m delighted a club told a celebrity to “go away.” More importantly, who cares? Would that make your night if you were in a club and Shaq showed up, assuming you are over 21? These guys show up, cause a fuss, expect free drinks and security and leave without tipping. I wish more people had the good sense of Mars 2112.

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