Shaq surprisingly announced his retirement Wednesday, and did so using a social media service that he’s endorsing and has a financial stake in. The announcement came out of nowhere, had odd timing, and caught people off guard. The media began its Shaq love fest all day, playing tribute videos and pumping out best Shaq moments and quotes lists. I really feel like everyone’s being taken for a couple of reasons.
First off, I believe he’s going to be back. He had a bad and injury-filled year in Boston, but he’s been saying he wants to play for a few more years. This just seems too abrupt for to me to believe Shaq is comfortable with his decision. Secondly, while Shaq was colorful and humorous, the guy was a petulant baby who was extremely insecure despite his 7-foot 350-pound plus intimidating frame. It’s somewhat irritating the love fest shown for this guy; it’s as if everyone forgets history when someone retires. My point is that Shaq had several moments throughout his career where he really lost me because of what a jerk he was, so I feel compelled to remind everyone of those moments.
So here they are, Shaq’s Top 10 Worst Quotes and Biggest Jerk Moments: