Legendary former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal took a shot at Kanye West after the rapper and antisemite called out O’Neal for his alleged business dealings with a Canadian billionaire.
O’Neal had previously criticized Brooklyn Nets player Kyrie Irving for promoting an antisemitic documentary.
“The game we used to love, and we promote it brings people together,” O’Neal said at the time. “And it hurts me sometimes when we have to sit up here to talk about stuff that divides the game. Now we got to answer for what this idiot has done.”
Just days after O’Neal’s comments, Irving was suspended by the Nets for five games. On Thursday, West took to Twitter and called out O’Neal for his ties to Canadian businessman Jamie Salter.
“Jaimie [sic] first said he’s 50/50 with David Beckham and 50/50 with Shaq,” West wrote. “I said ‘Jamie . . . There’s no such thing as 50/50 in business . . . Who has the extra 1 percent for the control and voting rights.’”
O’Neal responded, “Believe me you don’t know me like that. Worry about your business, and to quote the once great Kanye west ‘I got more money than you, so why would i listen to you’ take my advice get your family business in order. Have a great day brother.”
Believe me you don’t know me like that. Worry about your business, and to quote the once great Kanye west “ I got more money than you, so why would i listen to you” take my advice get your family business in order. Have a great day brother.
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) November 4, 2022
TMZ reports that Salter’s company manages O’Neal’s brand. Salter is Jewish.
West is still on his self-sabotaging antisemitic tear and there’s no sign he’s going to slow down anytime soon. In an op-ed for CNN this Wednesday, media analyst Bill Carter writes that West, “a figure with a massive cultural footprint, has stoked the never fully extinguished flames of hate directed at Jewish people.”
“Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, has said Jewish people have too much control over the business world. He threatened in a Twitter post to ‘Go death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE.’ He ranted in an Instagram post about Ari Emanuel, CEO of the talent agency Endeavor, referencing “business” people when he clearly meant Jews,” Carter writes. “Last Friday, he told paparazzi that his mental health issues had been misdiagnosed by a Jewish doctor, made reference to Jewish ownership of media and compared Planned Parenthood to the Holocaust.”
“West is an intelligent guy; he knows what he’s doing,” Carter added. “That’s what makes all of this so awful, and so dangerous. Dismissing him as a self-important gadfly, or a creature of the tabloids associated with Kardashian nonsense, severely underestimates who Kanye West is.”