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Shaquille O'Neal challenges Jim Rome to a fight via Twitter


Wednesday night via Twitter the newest Boston Celtic, Shaquille O'Neal, challenged radio talk show host Jim Rome to a fight.

Clearly annoyed when Rome said on his TV show "Rome is Burning" that Danny Ainge would be making a mistake by signing the former Laker for the veteran's minimum of $1.4 million (the deal hadn't been signed yet when Rome taped his show), O'Neal tweeted that if he lost a boxing match with Rome that he would donate his entire salary to charity.

What hit The_Real_Shaq the hardest? Probably not the part where Rome declared that the 15-time all-star and owner of four NBA championship rings hadn't lived up to the expectations people had of his career. But it's hard not to think it didn't sting when the ESPN host claimed that Shaq wasn't as professional and as committed to his body as a former Laker teammate. "You never approached the game with the dedication and discipline of Kobe Bryant,"  Rome said.

"Jim Rome, I am happy with my career and the legacy that I have left behind,obviously u r not happy wit yur legacy I 4got u have no legacy," Shaq retorted.




Soon after he invited Rome to the fight. "And forget the back and forth jim rome, I challenge u to a boxing match, live at espn studios, show the world if u can bak up the tuff talk."

Shaq quickly tweeted something that would make English teachers everywhere cringe, but the spirit of the message was quite clear: "If u wanna see shaq box jim rome live on espn. I do if he wins ill donate my salary to a charity of his choice."

Rome emerged from The Jungle and replied to the seven-foot, 300+ pounder as one would expect, "@THE_REAL_SHAQ  For 8 mill, maybe, but I'm not getting my face caved in for the veteran's minimum. & you are a little out of my weight class."

The tweets volleyed back and forth for a few more rounds until the center quoted himself and then linked to a video of Rome being attacked by NFL quarterback Jim Everett (then of the Saints) after Rome addressed Everett as "Chris" in reference to an opinion the talk show host had that Everett was playing football like a girl, namely tennis star Chris Evert.

"You just threw the Everett card? So tired. So easy. So boring. What happened to you? Where's the Big Aristotle?" Rome asked. And the tweets stopped.

While it's yet to be seen whether Shaquille O'Neal can help the Celtics get past the Heat in the East, he's responsible for one mild miracle -- the ability to bring, with a few sloppy keystrokes, Jim Rome back to the national spotlight.

-- Tony Pierce

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eat shit asshold

kmcdowell your an idiot, and a moron! Yes, Shaq had a tremendous "value" during his time in the "TEAM" system that was and is Phils, but he only dominated cause of his dedication, and Kobes ability to draw multiple defenders. Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah. But you know all this, cause you're on it...right? A center is not only as good as his outside players as you so put it......a center is dominant if he is 300 plus pounds, dedicates himself, and keeps himself in great condition. Shaq did neither. He could have been one of the best ever.....and for awhile he was. But now as a jurneyman, he nothing more than a tired old athlete that can't let it go. Oh yeah, and KB24 ended up getting the best of him in the end.

It doesn't matter if Rome was an athlete or not. That is such a weak comment if someone doesn't like or agree with someone's views or opinions in the media. The simple fact, and it is indisputable, is that Shaq wanted a huge contract and the Laker organization wasn't willing to do it for an un-committed player. Buss and all the Laker brass all know that they could have won 5 or 6 straight titles if Shaq would have cared. His ego got in the way of his desire. What a shame.

Posted by: AJC | August 06, 2010 at 04:33 AM



you obviously didn't read BOTH of my comments in this thread. One had nothing to do with the other. I just don't like Jim Rome, if you do, that's fine. BTW, I believe I made a post in another thread that I stopped liking Shaq after his trade demand, perhaps you missed that one. Not that it matters but, I don't think I much like you either!

Let's go Ls...all the way to a 3-peat!!!!!

I would have paid good money to see Jim Rome get his ass handed to him by an athlete. Anyone other than Shaq though. So much for leaving gracefully "Big Douchebag". His arrogance and disrespect for the organization that made him the future Hall of Famer that he is something that will now forever taint his memory for most Laker fans. Joining the Celtics is the last act of disgrace from a disgraceful player.

I really had hope that Shaq would have done the smart thing, and make peace with Dr. Buss and Kobe so that he could hang in the rafters next to the leagues greatest Centers. But bitter to the end, his final decision in the NBA, to join the Celtics is just the last of many acts of disrespect to the Laker organization and the town that loved him.

His talent, ability and contribution to the Lakers dynastic run make him naturally deserving to be retired at the Staples Center. But his words and actions over so many years disrespecting our town and people we care about may in fact ensure that as long as Dr. Buss owns the Lakers he may be waiting a very long time to hang on that wall.

He also did us all a big favor by actually giving the Celtics some hope of taking out Lebron and his circus. One way or another Kobe will be facing one nemesis or another next June, either Shaq or Lebron.....since they both couldnt manage to win together.

I personally am thrilled Shaq is in Boston. As if Kobe needed any more motivation to join MJ at 6 rings than to look down the bench and see Shaq's fat ass sitting there at the end of the Celtic bench after a season of disgracing himself at 39 years old @400 lbs. I hope Shaq gives the Celtics just enough to get back for their final shallacking at the hands of the Lakers where they can claim title 17. Most ever.

We'll see if Shaq likes the way that tastes.

Heres something else to chew on. If Shaq retired this year, Kobe would pass him in scoring definitively within 2 years. Dont think for a second that Shaq doesnt want that to happen. He joined Boston to try to tie Kobe and to make sure he doesnt outscore him.......and for no other reason.

This is going to be an epic season in which Kobe Bryant will for all time cement himself as the gold standard. Its no longer gonna be the next Jordan. For this generation its gonna be whose gonna be the next Kobe.

Not true, Brian. He actually has a ton of bills and needs to stay in the NBA to get endorsements to pay those bills. Not to mention his embarrassing contract he just signed that took down from in excess of 20mil from last year to 1.5mil now. Believe it.......Shaquille has money problems.

G in the are a moron. I commented that Rome not being an athlete was a weak comment. I don't follow you're previous thread comments, and very few do. So to refer back is not happening. You are going to have to update your views each thread, or people arent going to understand you. It's a shame you don't like many people. What a lonely life.

Except for his last season here, Shaq was great for the Lakers, and I appreciate what he did for the franchise.

However, only a fool wouldn't see that Shaq's ego and lack of discipline led him to an underachieving career. His need for attention, coupled with his inability to take conditioning and nutrition seriously resulting in a shaq domination being cut short. Shaq could have been a dominant player much later in his career.

He has never led the league in rebounds. Think about that.

Shaq the big bullie....go figure challenging one, half his piece of advice for Jim Rome, don't turn your back on the big malignant or he will try to OSter-tag you, Ainge always did fall for the sucker punch, wait til he feels this one.

Hope romie punches shaq out LOL


You're the real 'moron' if you ASSume that I don't like many people and live a lonely life just because I said I don't much like you. Now how about growing up and trying to respond to others without resorting to namecalling so you won't look so childish.

Let's go Ls...all the way to a 3-peat!!!!!

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