The blog world is abuzz over this video from TMZ.com that has Shaquille O'Neal doing a freestyle rap at a club and takes shots at one Kobe Bryant.
Here are some of the lyrics:
"I'm a horse. Kobe ratted me out. That's why I'm getting divorced. He said Shaq gave a bitch 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."
That doesn't include him getting the crowd involved in chanting, "Kobe, how's my ass taste!?!?"
In our new world of cameras and the ability to record video darn near everywhere, it doesn't take long for something like that to come to light. When called out on this, Shaq had this to say:
"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."
Stuff like that is only "funny" if the other person is there with you ... laughing along. When it is across the country without the guy there to defend himself, it really isn't.
Even if he is being truthful, what the heck is that?
KOBE BEEF: We were all led to believe that this beef between Shaq and Kobe was in a cease fire. Maybe they are cool; maybe not. But it has been three years since the hatchet was seemingly buried and we could all get along with our own lives.
So where does this come from?
Look, we all knew that if Kobe and the Lakers had beaten the Celtics in the NBA Finals last week, he would have had the ultimate stamp on his career. As of now, Kobe detractors will always point to his three NBA rings and say, "yeah, but Shaq was the reason you got them." And, yeah, they'd be kinda right. Of course, Shaq needed a young Kobe and (really needed) a young Dwayne Wade to get him his rings, too.
Still, Kobe just took a team that really isn't molded into anything and won the toughest Western Conference in a long, long, long time. He has as many MVP awards as Shaq has.
WHAT DID YOU JUST DO?: There is also that little issue of talking smack to a guy who led his team to the Finals ... while you sat at home watching.
This is the same Shaq that was bailed out of Miami (ya know, cuz they really sucked) and went to Phoenix. Mind you, the Suns had the best record in the conference when they made that trade. They ended up as the #6 seed, losing to the San Antonio Spurs in the first round.
Kobe's Lakers beat those Spurs in just five games in the WCF.
To me, it is hard to come at a guy who had a season as Kobe had. Remember, before the Gasol trade, the Lakers were right there in the mix as one of the best teams in the West. And that team was playing Kwame Brown a lot.
I understand there are the people that loathe Kobe Bryant and I understand most of their issues (as a Laker fan, I know he is a first class jerk). Still, you have to be quite the moron to fault Kobe for not singlehandedly beating a 66-win Celtics team.
HOME WRECKER: The worst part is Shaq pinning his failed marriage on Kobe. What?
Sure, maybe Kobe crossed the "code" by squealing on Shaq during his Colorado fiasco of 2004. Was he lying? If so, then how could that ruin Shaq's marriage? If he wasn't, I guess needing a little on the side means your marriage was already ruined.
Plus, it has been several years since this all went down. Why would what Kobe said affect Shaq's marriage over the last few months?
Because of the language of this rap, Shaq has lost his crime fightin' badge.