Shaq: I'd Protect Gay Teammate



On Friday, Shaquille O'Neal said that if he had a gay teammate, he would protect him.

"I was always taught as a youngster to never judge people, so I never judge people and to each their own," O'Neal said Friday during All-Star Weekend media sessions.

"If he was my teammate and people ridiculed him and jumped on him, I would probably have to protect him."


Sultan of Swat
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I hate Shaq has a player, but has a human being he's such a great guy, funny person, respects people, and now this. I am glad that Shaq came out with this because what Hardaway said was plainly stupid, and it didn't represent the league in a good way when he came out and said that on the radio. Hopefully what Shaq said help a bit.


I wonder if everybody would be this upset if hardaway said he hated people with nose piercings.


I'm glad to see that Shaq stepped up and said this... What Hardaway said was stupid and unneccesary. I respect what Shaq did. He's standing up for the little people or the people with a small voice and he definitely is trying to make amends for what Hardaway did. Nice move by Shaq.