Feb 16, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; NBA legend Shaquille O

Shaq being investigated for assault because of injury to TNT co-worker from ‘horseplay’


Former NBA star and current television analyst Shaquille O’Neal is under investigation by Atlanta police for assault. The incident in question occurred on May 19, 2013 at Turner Studios, when O’Neal injured one of his colleagues, Robert Williams.

“(The co-worker) alleged Shaquille O’Neal tackled him to the ground causing injury to his back while they were at work at Turner Studios,” Sgt. Greg Lyon told Atlanta’s WSB-TV.

O’Neal’s attorney, Dennis Roach, said that the injury was a result of ‘horseplay.’

“This was nothing more than horseplay. No one intended for anyone to get injured,” Roach said in a statement.

Williams attorney released the following statement contradicting the ‘horseplay’ notion:

“We understand that the physical attack by Shaquille O’Neal upon Mr. Robert Williams is under criminal investigation. Mr. Williams is presently recovering after surgery.

“However, he does state emphatically, that the permanent injuries he received were not the result of participation in any form of ‘horseplay.’”

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