Javale McGee, Shaquille O'Neal,

It’s been an eventful week when it comes to the NBA. There was the pause of the regular season for the NBA All-Star Game in NOLA, to grown men beefing on Twitter.

Shaquille O’Neal, the retired four-time NBA champion turned analyst on NBA TNT is known for being outspoken. At 7’1″, he’s a big guy and not afraid to let you know how he feels. You could say he doesn’t have a filter, and it shows in his very own segment Shaqtin’ A Fool. For this show, they gather top 10 clips from the week where an NBA player made a foolish, ridiculous or laughable moments during a game, or in other words: a major L, that makes you pull a Charles Barkley—c’mon man!

Golden State Warriors’ Javale McGee has been the center of Shaq’s criticism for a while now and is no stranger to Shaqtin’ A Fool. Some would even argue that these blooper lowlights overshadowed McGee’s career highlights (he’s currently averaging 6.1pts).

Last week Shaq aired a special mini-movie about Javale McGee. In this Shaqtin’ parody called “Doctor Strange,” Shaq yells “it doesn’t make any sense” in confusion when it comes to McGee’s plays.

McGee fired back, saying he had enough.

Shaq took to Twitter and his 13.4M followers to respond.

McGee responded indirectly, trying to make light of the situation.

Then, Shaq mentioned Javale and the two went back and forth.

Warriors’ Kevin Durant got involved when asked about the whole ordeal—he called Shaq “childish” and added that “Shaq had zero skills, couldn’t shoot from 10-15 feet and was just big.”

Fans dug deep and resurfaced one of KD’s tweets from 6 years ago, where he was practically praising Shaq.

Hm.

Besides his few comments earlier, Durant hasn’t been vocal otherwise, nor has he taken to Twitter to respond to O’neal.

However, the Golden State Warriors spoke to Turner Sports—Shaq’s employer—to put an end to the feud.

It was beginning to be detrimental to McGee’s reputation, and fans were getting involved.

Some found the Warriors’ attempt to handle this situation weak:

Aside from KD, JaVale McGee’s mother, Pamela also got involved.

Now, Pamela is looking out for her son, but don’t forget the way she had always wanted to be involved in the spotlight, ever since JaVale was on the Washington Wizards. They even had a failed reality show together called “Mom’s Got Game.”

Mama McGee went off, calling Shaq out for bullying her son. “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.”

She continued by expressing her confusion The Undefeated about “what 45-year-old man will say, I’m going to (slap the s—) out of a current player? He belittles, he berates Dwight Howard. He belittles, he berates (Kendrick) Perkins,” Pamela McGee said. “But he sits in a glass house. And when people throw back stones, it’s an issue. No. He has to be held accountable.”

As of February 27th, ESPN released this quote from Shaq: “I have ordered from the top to leave it alone. His name will never come out of my mouth ever again.”

It was a higher power that convinced O’Neal. But it wasn’t NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. It was his mom.

“My mama. 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.”

Lucille O’Neal from her home in Orlando, Florida said “It’s not funny anymore, seeing the things they’re saying to each other. They need to squash this and move on.”

The mothers have spoken.

But was it ever really that serious? And what two grown men have their mothers come to their rescue?

If Javale was really that hurt—he should not have entertained O’Neal’s antics online. His actions on Twitter didn’t really fall in line with the idea that he felt unsafe. He should have moved against Shaq in silence. It seems juvenile on both ends.

Sure, Shaquille O’Neal has 13.4 million followers on Twitter—but chirping is part of the game. It’s a part of sports.

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