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Shaq promises a cool grand to anyone who gets a tattoo of a famous kiss

Kelly Dwyer
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Charles Barkley and Dick Bavetta, courtesy Turner Sports

"I will pay one thousand dollars to anyone who gets a tattoo of that picture. Tweet me the pics."

-- Shaquille O'Neal, Thursday night, on 'Inside the NBA.'

Shaq, in my eyes, has turned into quite the mensch after joining the fight for LGBT rights earlier this year. And perhaps it was the late night setting, or the chance to rip on Charles Barkley in his typical, jocular fashion, but it did appear as if Shaquille was a little too excitable on TNT's 'Inside the NBA' when it came time to rip on Barkley's awesome lip-lock with NBA referee Dick Bavetta from nearly five years ago.

So this is where you, the faithful wee hours viewer, come in. All it takes, apparently, is a tattoo of Barkley and Bavetta sharing a moment permanently singed into your skin to collect a thousand bucks from O'Neal after hitting him up on Twitter, presuming that Shaq's a man of his word. And you wouldn't tell a lie on air, would ya, TNT-rook?

I'm a little hamstrung for cash myself, and I still haven't gotten my first tattoo. Perhaps this is as good a reason as any to dive into the world of the inked-up. Either way, Ball Don't Lie faithful, I think it's time to deluge our man Shaq with a series of these things. Make sure you get Charles' Jock Ewing-esque pendant detailed properly.

UPDATE: We have the first entry.

Emmet Bentley has already won 2012. Sometime on Saturday afternoon, he tattooed the photo of Barkley and Bavetta onto his leg:

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Charles Barkley and Dick Bavetta, courtesy Emmet Bentley's leg

Time to pay up, Shaq.

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