Shaq Joins The Hebrew Craze

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I’m going to be honest. I hate everything about Shaquille O’Neal. He’s cocky. He’s arrogant. He thinks he is funnier than he is. And most of all, he was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

But I guess when he makes some Jewish references, it’s my duty to tell you about it. So here we go.

A couple months ago, in my interview with Sacramento Kings star, Omri Casspi, I asked him about his experience meeting Shaq during a Kings-Cavs game. Casspi said that Shaq came up to him saying “Shalom Aleichem.” Who knew that Shaq had more in his repertoire than those two words?

Shaq was recently approached by a TMZ paparazzi man with some questions. Shaq decided, maybe in the spirit of Amar’e Stoudemire, to respond to him with some Hebrew vocabulary.

After watching this video, you will come to one of two conclusions. Either Shaq doesn’t understand the words he is saying, or, he is incredibly excited for Rosh Hashanah.

Since either TMZ doesn’t allow you to embed videos or I’m dumb, you will have to go to their site right here to watch it. Apologies!

Posted on August 2, 2010

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5 thoughts on “Shaq Joins The Hebrew Craze

  1. JoAnn Dolberg

    Good for Shaq, good for Amar’e, and the same bravos to anybody else who steps forward on behalf of the Jewish people! DON’T EVER FORGET THAT JESUS WAS A JEW!!! Be careful not to call this spirit in which we stand for Israel, a Hebrew craze! There are A LOT of us “crazies” out there! Don’t be afraid to do it, people! Let your love and admiration for the Jewish people be known!

  2. Calman

    Beyond Shaq’s ability to toss around a ball who cares an RA what he says about Shalom or for that matter melchama.

  3. Jennifer Shorr

    Shaq is philanthropic and appears to be a good person. A friend of mine’s uncle was walking in Miami with his partner when a driver threw a bottle at them and yelled an anti-gay comment. Shaq happened to be nearby and witnessed this, and actually called the police and followed the driver until the police arrived to arrest him. Who cares if he likes to use Hebrew? He’s a mensch as far as I can tell.

  4. Lillie Ray Levy

    As an LSU Alum, I have always been a Shaq fan–even though I wish now that he gracefully retire. He has always been one of the first on the scene when people were in need. Part of his persona is his giant ego to match his giant frame. His heart seems to be as big as the rest of him. When a celebrity with the status of Shaquille speaks of Jews in a positive way, he sets an example for many–especially the kids who love him–that Jews may be ok people–and not ones to be hated and ridiculed. Geaux Tigers!

  5. Ramon Nunez

    The Hebrew language is a beautiful language and I love the word Shalom. That is great that Shaq is using it.

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