NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal has denied that he was being paid during his days as a college basketball player. O’Neal denied receiving payment from Louisiana State University during his college basketball years.
The basketball legend told The Advocate’s Sheldon Mickles he was joking when he said “LSU paid very well” during a Los Angeles Lakers event the previous day.
“I was on the stage and a guy asked, ‘How was your time at LSU,’ and I said, ‘Yes, they paid me very well,’” he said. “The crowd went crazy. … It was a joke.”
“Everyone knows LSU is the most honorable university … ever,” O’Neal said. “Everyone also knows I don’t sell my soul for anything. “Everybody knows the relationship me and (former coach) Dale Brown have, and the love we share for each other. Something like that would never happen.”
A dominant force in the NBA, Shaquille O’Neal was selected to 15 all-star Games, won four NBA titles (three with Los Angeles Lakers, one with Miami Heat). He is considered to be among the best centers ever to play in the NBA. O’Neal played in 1207 NBA games (1197 started), averaging 23.7 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 2.3 bpg in 34.7 minutes of action.
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