NBA: Shaquille O'Neal Slams Kobe Bryant

Christopher HayesCorrespondent IJune 23, 2008

video has emerged from of Shaquille O'neal trashing Kobe Bryant in a freestyle rap that took place at a club on Sunday night.

The rap itself is hilarious, no one can doubt that. Even Kobe, when he's all alone sitting on the john, will think, "Man that Shaq, he's pretty funny."

OK. Maybe not.

During the rap, Shaq sounds pretty serious. But, he's freestyling. This giant of a man who plays basketball is serious when he freestyles...seriously.

"You know how I be," Shaq rapped. "Last week Kobe couldn't do without me."

Shaq not only addressed Kobe's recent loss, but the comments Kobe made when he lashed out at O'Neal during Bryant's rape case.

"I'm a horse. Kobe ratted me out," he rapped. "That's why I'm getting divorced. He said Shaq gave a [woman] a mil. I don't do that 'cause my name's Shaquille. I love 'em, I don't leave 'em. I got a vasectomy, now I can't breed 'em."

Shaq also asks Kobe "how his ass tastes," presumably after he kissed it recently.

Steven A. Smith was able to reach Shaq for comment, who immediately apologized, lest he incur the wrath of a story hungry media.

"I was freestyling. That's all. It was all done in fun. Nothing serious whatsoever. That is what MC's do. They freestyle when called upon. I'm totally cool with Kobe. No issue at all. And by the way, don't forget, six albums, two platinum, two gold. Anybody who knows me knows I'm a funny freestyler. Check the NBA DVD when I was rapping about Vlade Divac during my first championship run. Please tell everybody don't make something out of nothing."

O'Neal is a joker to the end. Perhaps the funniest part of the whole Shaq Kobe saga is that he keeps trying to convince everyone that he doesn't mean anything by his comments. That he's just a jokester.

And you know what? We all believe him.

This is Shaq's biggest joke of all.

"Everyone that knows Shaq knows two things about me: one, that I'm a rapper, and two, that I'm a comedian. When I played with Kobe, me, him, Brian Shaw, J.R. Rider, we had freestyle sessions all the time...all in fun, and we said crazier stuff than that. If I hurt anyone's feelings, I apologize."