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Shaquille O'Neal on The SHAQ Bowl | Dunk Bait

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Shaq stopped by to chat with Lajethro Jenkins on recent comments on Donovan Mitchell, what he's doing as Director of Community Relations for the Henry County Sheriff's Office, and discuss The SHAQ Bowl!!!

Video Transcript

LAJETHRO JENKINS: I'm LaJethro Jenkins here was Shaquille O'Neal, the OG, the Big Aristotle, the Big Diesel. How you doing?

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: I can't complain. Thanks for having me on, brother.

LAJETHRO JENKINS: So who do you think is going to win the Super Bowl this year, the young buck or the GOAT? Who you got your money on?

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: You know what? I just love the storyline.

LAJETHRO JENKINS: Mm-hmm.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: Tom is a legend. I've known him. I've met him a couple times. I would like to see him win for personal reasons. But however, as a fan--

LAJETHRO JENKINS: Mm-hmm.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: --it's the game you want to see-- young bull versus the old bull. This is the game--

LAJETHRO JENKINS: Yo.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: --the game you want to see in Super Bowl. And it's only going to come out one of two ways-- old guy's still going [INAUDIBLE]--

LAJETHRO JENKINS: Mm-hmm.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: --or the young guy's holding the baton.

LAJETHRO JENKINS: You were just named the director of community relations for the Henry County Sheriff's Office. With your experience with law enforcement and the volatile history between, you know, them and the Black community, what do you think is needed for us to repair that relationship?

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: I know how to bring people together. I know how to respect people. I know how to listen instead of thinking I know everything.

LAJETHRO JENKINS: Mm-hmm.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: So the new sheriff we have here is from the same place. We definitely have to teach-- reteach-- diversity. Definitely have to reteach sensitivity. And we definitely have to reteach communications, 'cause me and you from the same hood. I know how to-- I know I could talk to you with a certain slang--

LAJETHRO JENKINS: Mm-hmm

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: --and you know, you're not taking offense to it. So--

LAJETHRO JENKINS: For sure.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: --you know, once that happens, you know, once we just continue to respect each other, I think we will start to, you know, close the gap.

LAJETHRO JENKINS: I've always thought you and Snoop were Teflon. But you caught a little bit of heat for what you said to Donovan.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: You are one of my favorite players, but you don't have what it takes to get to the next level. I said it on purpose. I wanted you to hear it. What do you have to say about that?

DONOVAN MITCHELL: All right.

LAJETHRO JENKINS: How do you feel about that?

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: First of all, I can't catch heat. Let me tell you.

LAJETHRO JENKINS: OK. OK.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: Let me tell you why. Everybody's going to have their opinion.

LAJETHRO JENKINS: Mm-hmm.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: Even the ones that's giving me their heat, I respect your opinion.

LAJETHRO JENKINS: Mm-hmm.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: But you have to say to yourself, does this one now have G14 classifications to say this?

LAJETHRO JENKINS: [CHUCKLES]

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: So instead of listening to how I say it, just listen to what I say.

LAJETHRO JENKINS: Mm-hmm.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: And then off the record, brother to brother--

LAJETHRO JENKINS: Mm-hmm.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: --I was just trying to test his temperature--

LAJETHRO JENKINS: Mm-hmm.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: --'cause as a leader-- like, for example, who you work for?

LAJETHRO JENKINS: Yahoo.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: OK. So--

LAJETHRO JENKINS: Yeah.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: --if I was the president of Yahoo, I would come to you and be like, hey, man, "Jalen & Jacoby" killing you guys on this [BLEEP].

LAJETHRO JENKINS: [CHUCKLES]

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: No, seriously. No, I would. I would.

LAJETHRO JENKINS: I appreciate this. I appreciate this.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: No, but not to be personal--

LAJETHRO JENKINS: Yeah.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: --just to test your temperature. Hey, man--

LAJETHRO JENKINS: Yeah.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: "Jalen & Jacoby" killing y'alls. There go their numbers. Here are your numbers.

LAJETHRO JENKINS: Mm-hmm.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: Hey, man. You know your contract up in six months. You need to do something, right?

LAJETHRO JENKINS: Mm-hmm.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: You gonna do something about it or complain, or you gonna rearrange your step and you show up.

LAJETHRO JENKINS: Mm-hmm.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: So when I came to Donovan, only thing I wanted him to say was, oh, OK. OK, OG. Watch what I do next time.

LAJETHRO JENKINS: OK.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: That's all [INAUDIBLE] just be trying to say, like, hey, he great, but he ain't that great. So if you hear it, there's only one way to prove me wrong. And that's by--

LAJETHRO JENKINS: Mm-hmm.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: --being great. You know, when you say I take heat, I only take heat from my mama.

LAJETHRO JENKINS: You laugh in the face of heat. [CHUCKLES]

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: My-- I can only take heat from my mama.

LAJETHRO JENKINS: So you're teaming up with Mercari and Bacardi to present the Shaq Bowl. When is it, when can we watch it, and what can we expect?

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: The Shaq Bowl is the ultimate Super Bowl kickoff. And it's happening live right before the big game, Sunday, February the 7th, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Shout out to Mercari, Papa John's, Corona, and Pepsi for being the sponsors.

Look, I've been watching Super Bowl for a long time, and pregame stuff has always been boring. But [INAUDIBLE] this year. I said, we're going to do something that's fun and entertaining for the people. I'm building a custom Shaq Bowl stadium two minutes from the Super Bowl. Let me go on the record and say that I'm doing very strict COVID testing procedures.

LAJETHRO JENKINS: Mm-hmm.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: We will not have a live audience.

LAJETHRO JENKINS: Mm-hmm.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: The music people will be watching at home. You can watch it on Facebook-- [CLEARS THROAT] excuse me-- or shaqbowl.com or my social channels.

LAJETHRO JENKINS: Last question. One more question. I heard you slept on two California King beds sewn together. Is that true or false?

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: Hold on. Let me check.

- Bigger.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: No, bigger.

LAJETHRO JENKINS: [LAUGHS]

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: So my house in Florida--

LAJETHRO JENKINS: Yeah.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: --was the biggest bed in the world.

LAJETHRO JENKINS: Oh, wow.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: [INAUDIBLE] people tried to copy, and I made it bigger.

LAJETHRO JENKINS: Oh.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: Well, now, I do have a big bed here in Atlanta. But I'm selling my Florida house. And now my Florida house bed is out here with me at the crib.

LAJETHRO JENKINS: OK.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL: So now I've got two of the biggest beds in the world at the same crib.

LAJETHRO JENKINS: Well, congratulations on that. [CHUCKLES] All right, Shaq. I appreciate you, man. Thanks for your time. Best of luck with everything. I'll be watching you on TNT for sure, man. Take care.

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