It’s all love between Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Shaq says he has no issues from their 2003 fall-out. [Here’s the backstory –> during Kobe’s rape case, in his police file, while being questioned by officers about the alleged sexual assault, Kobe said, “I should have done what Shaq does. Shaq gives [mistresses] money or buys them cars, he has already spent one million dollars.” The report added, “Kobe stated that Shaq does this to keep the girls quiet.”]
Anywho, when asked if they buried the hatchet over the incident, Shaq responded,
There never was a hatchet. I’m not worried about that. That’s something that happened and I didn’t think it would’ve gone on, but there was never a hatchet. As a leader, sometimes you gotta do certain things, like, if I owned The Daily Beast and you came back with a bad article and I know your potential, I’d be like, ‘That’s some bullshit,’ and you’d either punk up and quit, or say, ‘Oh, it’s bullshit?’ and write a better piece. It was my job to get everyone to play at a high level. People want things to go perfectly, and if you really look at it, three out of four championships is pretty perfect. I’m glad and honored to be the most enigmatic, controversial, and dynamic one-two punch in Lakers and NBA history.
There never was a hatchet. It was two guys competing. But one thing you can say about Shaquille O’Neal is he always played the right way. That’s all I wanted to ever do, is play the right way. So I never took anything personally.