Shaq is subject of open assault investigation

Shaquille O'Neal is the subject of an open assault investigation by police in Atlanta after an incident his lawyer described as "horseplay" in which a co-worker was injured last yr.

No charges have been filed by native police over the occasion, which in keeping with a police report is alleged to have occurred Could 9 and first reported to police July 2.

Shaquille O'Neal

No fees have been filed towards Shaquille O'Neal over an occasion that according to a police report is alleged to have occurred last Could and first reported to authorities two months later.

In line with Robert Williams, a co-employee of O'Neal's at Turner Studios, for whom O'Neal is an NBA analyst, the 15-time All-Star "ran out of a room and hit me with a tackle punch to the again knocking me down and falling on prime of me injuring my neck and again," the police report says.

Williams said Turner Safety was made aware of the incident inside a day.

"The investigation was initially dealt with by the zone and as that investigation deepened, it was transferred (to) the advanced case squad," Atlanta police Sgt. Greg Lyon stated, in response to WSB TV in Atlanta. "On the conclusion of their investigation, we'll have their findings and we'll go forth from there, whether or not fees shall be filed, whether it (will) be reviewed by the DA's Office."

O'Neal's attorney, Dennis Roach, mentioned in statement sent to the local ABC affiliate that the incident "was nothing more than horseplay. No one supposed for anybody to get injured."

Williams' legal professional countered that assertion along with his personal, denying the state of affairs was the result of horseplay.

"We perceive that the physical attack by Shaquille O'Neal upon Mr. Robert Williams is under felony investigation," Williams' attorney mentioned in a press release to WSB. "Mr. Williams is presently recovering after surgical procedure.

"However, he does state, emphatically, that the permanent accidents he obtained weren't the results of participation in any form of 'horseplay.' "

O'Neal retired in 2011 after a 19-yr career with the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Warmth. He also played for the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics.

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Kidd: Message to Nets was ‘we have to fight’

 

That was the message Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd mentioned he conveyed to his group after their second consecutive 17-point loss Wednesday afternoon to the Chicago Bulls.

ESPNNewYork.com's Ohm Youngmisuk reported Wednesday evening that Kidd, annoyed following the workforce's fourth consecutive loss, known as out his gamers within the locker room. Veteran Kevin Garnett stood up and vented his frustration as nicely, sources advised Youngmisuk.

"That we have gotta battle. It wasn't to call them out. It was just a conversation in the locker room that we have got to compete," Kidd stated Friday afternoon.

The Nets (9-19) host the Milwaukee Bucks (6-22), who have the NBA's worst record, Friday night at Barclays Middle.

"Irrespective of if we go down eight and there is 30 seconds on the clock or in the game, we have gotta consider that we are able to still find a method," Kidd mentioned. "And right now we go down and we kind of give in to that fight, so we have gotta continue to keep grinding, and if I have to maintain rotating guys until I discover those which might be gonna combat, then that is what I've gotta do."

Asked why his message wasn't getting via to the gamers, Kidd said, "New group. New voice. Once more, understanding that's it is not gonna be easy. We'll see if the message acquired across."

Level guard Deron Williams mentioned Kidd still had the support of the players.

"I feel so," Williams said. "I think if we're losing some close games and he was making some dangerous decisions, that'd be one factor, but that is not the case. We bought blown out. He can't make us outrebound teams. He cannot make us put that little bit we have to get over the hump. That is on us as gamers to come back out and play better."

Energy and energy, Williams stated, continue to be the crew's largest downside.

Williams said Kidd has been emotional all season, "however maybe a little bit more final recreation."

"On offense, if you're going to display, you gotta go down and do that hard," Williams stated. "When you're coming off a screen, you've gotta come off hard. It is simply effort. Defensively, we're enjoying solid defense, after which we do not get the defensive rebound [and] they get an additional possession. Those things, they add up."

"It's a normal reaction. That is the way it needs to be," forward Mirza Teletovic said. "Everybody must be mad. I'm mad too. Everybody's dissatisfied, and all people's making an attempt to figure out what we have to do to win more games."

The Nets have a particularly tough upcoming three-recreation road journey, which options video games against the Indiana Pacers (23-5), San Antonio Spurs (23-7) and Oklahoma City Thunder (23-5). And the Nets probably won't have forward Andrei Kirilenko along for the trip.

Kirilenko, who has not played since Nov. 8 and has missed 24 games general attributable to back spasms, will not play Friday night time. He hoped to return to the lineup for Saturday night's sport against the Pacers. Now, it appears, he'll miss a minimum of 4 more.

"As of right now, I do not suppose so," Kidd stated when asked if Kirilenko would journey with the workforce. "Except one thing modifications within the subsequent 24 hours, I don't think he goes."

Kidd said Kirilenko remains to be feeling some discomfort along with his again.

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