Shaquille O’Neal doesn’t play about his business. Plus, it also appears that he doesn’t play about his name either, as he recently had some words for Kanye West.

The start of the Twitter exchange: Following the controversy of Kyrie Irving posting an antisemitic documentary on social media, he has been suspended for at least five games by the Brooklyn Nets, per ESPN.

In response, O’Neal called the NBA star an “idiot” for making that move online.

Additionally, West has appeared in the headlines a lot lately for his own antisemitic statements. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that he began to back Irving. 

But with his stance, he pulled O’Neal into the mix. 

“They make us bully ourselves because of our business alignments,” Kanye said via Twitter.

“Shaq is in business with Jamie Salter. Jaimie first said he’s 50/50 with David Beckham and 50/50 with Shaq,” he added. “I said ‘Jamie… There’s no such thing as 50/50 in business… Who has the extra 1 percent for the control and voting rights.’”

He added: “Jamie then said he’s actually got the 51 percent on both those deals. We as the creators and talent get so caught up in our vanity that we don’t read or understand the fine print. Like Dave Chapelle said, we need to stop giving up control over our own names and our likeness.”

Very shortly after, O’Neal responded. The business mogul’s clap back, in short, assertively told West to mind his own business.

“Believe me you don’t know me like that,” he wrote via Twitter. “Worry about your business, and to quote the once great Kanye west ‘I got more money than you, so why would i listen to you.’ take my advice get your family business in order. Have a great day brother.”

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Salter is the founder, CEO, and chairman of Authentic Brands Group, in which O’Neal is the second largest shareholder in the company. As previously shared by AfroTech, the NBA legend sold the management rights to his name and likeness to ABG in 2015.


“I wanted to partner with a company that could perhaps have my name go on forever. I met with a lot of companies, but when I met with Jamie and his family, I knew that this was the right place to be,” O’Neal told Footwear News.