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JaVale McGee Expresses Disdain for Shaquille O'Neal and 'Shaqtin' a Fool'

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterJanuary 13, 2017

JaVale McGee doesn't appreciate all of the attention he is being given, and he expressed his thoughts in a relatively awkward segment of Thursday night's Inside the NBA

McGee came onto the show after celebrating the Nuggets' 107-102 victory over the Clippers. The segment begins as most things do on the popular NBA show, with laughs and levity. 

Shaquille O'Neal gives a huge shout out to the man who plays frequently in Shaq's weekly and hilarious roundup of the league's biggest blunders, "Shaqtin' a Fool."

Besides being a hardworking big man who has immense talent, McGee is also an enigmatic player on the court who has been known to make some rather bizarre plays

So it makes sense he would feature prominently in what is really just a blooper reel to entertain fans. 

That's not how McGee sees it, because he comes on and calls Shaq a bully. While it looks like McGee is joking at first, the segment quickly becomes awkward when he delivers the racially charged, "I don't watch Shaqtin' a coon."

Again, he gives this same quote with a smile on his face so he might not really mind being a featured star on the segment. 

But the interview has clearly spiraled out of control at this point. 

That's when a silence is finally broken by Ernie Johnson who changes the subject, thankfully. 

Let me continue by saying I appreciate so many aspects of McGee. From how he plays to his wild antics, the man is fun to watch. 

We certainly hope he was just trying to make light of his star status in an unfortunate highlight reel, because "Shaqtin' a Fool" is nothing more than a lighthearted reel of bloopers. 

Twitter, it's what the cool kids are doing. 

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