He was the big man on campus at LSU at the time (both literally and figuratively) and I thought that he was a pretty cool guy. He took some time to shoot the s*** with my buddy and I, and basketball aside, I remember thinking to myself that he was going to be successful in life no matter what he chose to do.
Now, sadly, I have to rip the big guy.
Shaquille O'Neal did a cruel and boneheaded thing by making fun of a disabled man on Instagram. That is definitely not cool, and as a celebrity in the public eye it sends the wrong message. He should know better.
How would Shaq like to be this poor guy getting cyber bullied by a celebrity and his thousands of online followers? Cyber bullying is a serious issue, and bullying in general is a growing problem in our society. And, like racism, it should not be tolerated.
It's ironic that the NBA is all over the old bigot who owns the Clippers but allowed Shaq to be a studio host during their playoff games while doing this ignorant kind of crap.
Hopefully they will get with Shaq and insist that he apologizes or go back to being a law enforcement officer which apparently he loves to do.
Finally, here is a story that I am sure that folks like former VP, Dick Cheney, will love:
"Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said she has tapped her public-safety commissioner to lead a state review of the botched execution of Clayton Lockett and an independent pathologist to declare a cause of death.
Fallin took no questions after delivering a brief statement on Wednesday afternoon, which began with a recitation of Lockett's crimes — he shot one woman and repeatedly raped another — and a summary of his failed appeals.
"I believe the legal process worked. I believe the death penalty is an appropriate response and punishment to those who commit heinous crimes," Fallin said.
But, she added, the state needs to be "certain" its execution protocols are proper and so authorized what she called "an independent review."
OK Governor, you call it a "botched execution", but I call it torture, and here is why.
"CNN) -- A vein on an Oklahoma inmate "exploded" in the middle of his execution Tuesday, prompting authorities to abruptly halt the process and call off another execution later in the day as they try to figure out what went wrong.
The inmate, Clayton Lockett, died 43 minutes after the first injection was administered -- according to reporter Courtney Francisco of CNN affiliate KFOR who witnessed the ordeal -- of an apparent heart attack, Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton said.
That first drug, midazolam, is supposed to render a person unconscious. Seven minutes later, Lockett was still conscious. About 16 minutes in, after his mouth and then his head moved, he seemingly tried to get up and tried to talk, saying "man" aloud, according to the KFOR account.
Other reporters -- including Cary Aspinwall of the Tulsa World newspaper -- similarly claimed that Lockett was "still alive," having lifted his head while prison officials lowered the blinds at that time so that onlookers couldn't see what was going on." [Source]
As most of you know, I am against the death penalty, but even if you were for state sponsored killing, you have to question how the state of Oklahoma
tortured administered the death penalty to Clayton Lockett. 43 minutes! That is not how government should be administering the ultimate punishment in a "civilized" society.
Apparently Shaq has apologized for making fun of the disabled person with a "genetic disorder" on his social network site.