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.
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.