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#pounditMonday, May 10, 2021

Utah governor throws shade at Shaq over Donovan Mitchell criticism

Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O’Neal is now taking shots from elected state officials.

The retired Hall of Famer and current TNT analyst responded this week to the backlash from his critical comments about Utah Jazz All-Star Donovan Mitchell. O’Neal said that he was only giving Mitchell constructive criticism and motivation. He also added a “You’re welcome, Utah,” for good measure.

Utah governor Spencer Cox then responded to O’Neal’s remarks in a tweet. Cox sarcastically said that he would criticize O’Neal for being a bad TV commentator in the hopes that O’Neal would get better.

O’Neal’s comments about Mitchell seemed hardly good-natured at the time. They also drew swift condemnation from some of Mitchell’s NBA peers.

Now O’Neal can be certain that he has offended the entire state of Utah by dissing Mitchell, including their highest-ranking government official.

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