What happens when an unstoppable force meets an unmovable object?
Well, that seemed to be the case when 7'1 325 lbs Shaquille O'Neal walked into the crossfire of former WNBA player and proud mother of current Golden State Warrior center, JaVale McGee.
After a bunch of back and forth tweets between Shaq and JaVale including cyber threats, Pamela Denise McGee spoke to The Undefeated, calling out O'Neal not only for his unprofessionalism but for his pattern of always putting down other men of color. "He is bullying men of color. When you bully men of color who play your same position…we as a society have to stop condoning ignorant behavior. And yes, as African-Americans, we have always had individuals who will sell out their communities for two barrels of rum. This is straight-up black-on-black oppression."
And she has a point.
The retired NBA star has been unnecessarily disrespectful to players like Dwight Howard and Kendrick Perkins in the past, and for some reason, has taken particular favor to making McGee the butt of his jokes.
Shaqtin' A Fool, a usually light-hearted spoof reel of athlete's mess ups on the court, took things a little too far when they dedicated an entire segment to McGee in a Dr. Strange like parody. In result, McGee took to Twitter to defend himself.
Last thing: think about this.... h3 woke up and I was the 1st thing on his mind when he made that video…THAT AINT WIERD TO YALL?— Javale McGee (@JaValeMcGee34) February 24, 2017
Kevin Durant even joined the back and forth, defending his teammate in a post game interview with journalists, reminding them that his teammate wants and deserves respect like everybody else.
Apparently, the only human being on earth that can tell a man that big what to do is the woman who gave birth to him. Shaq spoke with The Undefeated reporter Mike Wise and revealed that his mom, Lucille O’Neal, called him after seeing the beef spiral out of control.
"I have orders from the top to leave it alone," Shaq said. "Just say Shaq’s mom called him, told him, 'Stop this silliness. Leave him alone.' So that’s the end of the beef. You won’t be hearing about it from my side anymore. Mama has spoken."
Though he may have waived the white flag, Pamela believes a reprimand is in order, and that such cyber bullying should not be condoned according to CBS News.
"If you really want to get technical with it, it’s bullying," she said. "We all have little jokes and stuff. But when you continue to pick on just one person—as his career is resurrecting—there’s nothing to it but bullying. And it’s unacceptable. You can’t allow someone to continue to do this who represents TNT and the NBA. He is a representative of TNT and the NBA. Broadcasters are held to a higher authority. He should lose his job."
Pamela is a respected member in both the NBA and WNBA organizations, so it'll be interesting to see how they handle O'Neal going forward. The best part of this story is that no matter how old you are, black mamas will always have the last word.