Shaquille O’Neal gets paid to talk about basketball, so basketball is all he has to know about. It doesn’t matter one little lick that Shaquille O’Neal is totally clueless about the game of baseball.
Even so, you would expect Shaq to at least have heard of some of the more famous and celebrated players in the game. Like Mariano Rivera? Isn’t he widely known outside the game of baseball?
He is not widely known to Shaq. Ernie Johnson related the story last night on Inside the NBA.
So what we’ve learned is that Shaq is okay with faces but terrible with names. Much like John Travolta.
Under no circumstances should Shaq be allowed to introduce Mariano Rivera at the Oscars. Or there could be a problem.
Otherwise, I don’t see Shaq’s Rivera-ignorance being a big issue for him as he continues his career as a guy who talks on TV without saying much. Shaq isn’t going to lose any of his five thousand endorsement deals over this.
Please tell me Shaq at least knows who Derek Jeter is though. I mean, he has to know Jeter right? He’s partied with Jeter, I bet.
If he doesn’t know Jeter, there’s a problem.