Shaquille O’Neal Interested In Buying The Phoenix Suns w/ Jeff Bezos: All You Others Just Close Your Checkbook & Go Home
It looks like Shaquille O’Neal is interested in teaming up with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for a possible bid to buy the Phoenix Suns!
During a recent interview, the NBA icon, 50, talked about potentially buying the Phoenix Suns– a team he once played for. As you may already know, the current owner, Robert Sarver, recently announced his plans to sell the franchise (along with the Phoenix Mercury) after an independent investigation found Sarver,
“engaged in conduct that clearly violated common workplace standards.”
While speaking on his potential purchase, Shaquille O’Neal said,
“I was interested but when Big Man JB (Jeff Bezos) said he was interested, nobody can compete with Big Man JB. Once Jeff Bezos put his name in the hat, all you others just close your checkbook and go home.”
“Nobody on this planet can compete with Big Man JB, and I’m not going to go up against Big Man JB because you know what? I just ordered 50 things off Amazon today. Big Man JB got that money coming in!”
While Shaq has no intentions of competing against Jeff Bezos, 58, he’s more than willing to partner with the Amazon CEO! Shaq said,
“If he wants me on board, I would gladly like to talk to him… Let me tell you something, I’m scared of Big Man JB. Shaq O’Neal is scared of Big Man JB!”
Ironically, Shaquille O’Neal played for the Phoenix Suns from 2008 to 2009 before joining the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Reportedly, during their investigation, the league learned that the Suns’ owner, Robert Sarver used the n-word at least five times “when recounting the statements of others” during his time with both franchises. Sarver also consistently acted inappropriately toward female staff members. The NBA said in a statement that there were “instances of inequitable conduct toward female employees,” which included “sex-related comments.” Additionally, he reportedly engaged in “inappropriate physical conduct toward male employees.”
In a recently released statement sharing his plan of selling his teams, Sarver said,
“Words that I deeply regret now overshadow nearly two decades of building organizations that brought people together—and strengthened the Phoenix area—through the unifying power of professional men’s and women’s basketball.”
“But in our current unforgiving climate, it has become painfully clear that that is no longer possible – that whatever good I have done, or could still do, is outweighed by things I have said in the past. For those reasons, I am beginning the process of seeking buyers for the Suns and Mercury.”
“I do not want to be a distraction to these two teams and the fine people who work so hard to bring the joy and excitement of basketball to fans around the world. I want what’s best for these two organizations, the players, the employees, the fans, the community, my fellow owners, the NBA and the WNBA. This is the best course of action for everyone.”