Shaq used to wrestle naked with teammates, coaches

shaq-phoenixSo, you may have known that NBA great Shaquille O’Neal has trained Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (the base style of mixed martial arts) for years. What you may not have known, until now, is that he allegedly used to like to wrestle his teammates and coaches. Naked.

According to former coach Alvin Gentry, Shaq would set up ambushes of teammates on the regular, where he would run after and tackle one, wearing nothing but a menacing smile .

Gentry revealed the disturbing “prank” details in an interview, according to Yahoo Sports.

“The thing that he did that he got to be notorious for is that, every few days or every week or so, he would decide that it was time for this Brazilian naked wrestling contest,” Gentry said.

“You would never know who the chosen one was, but what would happen when you least expect it, this 7-foot, 310-pound guy would turn the corner, and he would be stark naked and he would run right at you full speed, grab you, he would take you to the floor and then he would do about five rollovers with you,” Gentry said.

“And he would always tell our trainers who it was going to be, so they were always prepared for it, but you never knew who it was going to be,” he added.

Gentry noted that he also became the victim of this wickedness.

“Yes, I was a victim of this,” he said. “”I had to go to therapy a bit after that (laughs).”

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. He was a 15-time NBA All-Star, and won 4 NBA championships (three with Los Angeles Lakers, one with Miami Heat). He’s considered to be among the best centers ever to play in the NBA.


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