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“December 25th Sounds Like a Good Day”: Kobe Bryant Publicly Apologized to Shaquille O’Neal in 2004 After ‘Hush Money’ Comment
2024/04/02

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Before reconciling their relationship after retirement, and had one of the toughest feuds ongoing during their playing careers. The once-Lakers superstars who won a three-peat together had a great animosity for each other due to their conflicting egos. While Kobe Bryant dealt with his sexual assault case at the courts, Shaq took that opportunity to take a dig at Bryant and say he was not the one ‘buying love’ like Kobe. To this, Bryant hit back with a wild claim, saying that Shaq had paid up to $1 million in hush money to various women, which Shaq later dismissed as ‘ridiculous’ and ‘false.

Shaq and Kobe squashed their beef in 2015

Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant realized the media overblew their beef and publicly squashed their feud in 2015. The Mamba joined the Big Aristotle on , where the duo couldn’t stop talking about their playing days, and all the good times they saw together.

Shaq and Kobe confirmed on screen that they don’t hate each other. Being a young athlete at that time, Shaq agreed that both his and Kobe’s disagreements and arguments further fueled them to play at their maximum potential on the biggest stage.

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Speaking his heart out to the 5x champion, Shaq said,

” I just want people to know that I don’t hate. I know you don’t hate me. I called it today a “work beef” is what we had. I was young. You were young. But as I look at it, we won three out of four (championships), so I don’t really think a lot was done wrong. I just want to clear the air and let everyone know that: No, I don’t hate you. We had a lot of disagreements.

We had a lot of arguments. But I think it fueled us.”

Kobe Bryant seemed to agree that he and Shaq had immense fun in their heydays. Furthermore, the Mamba added that their facing their disagreement and discontentment against each other was better than whispers that could create factions within the team. If only this understanding between them had come during their time with the Lakers, who knows how many more championships they could have won.

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