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06:30 AM ET 11.12 | Through all the entertaining anecdotes in the new Shaquille O'Neal book about his clashes with Kobe Bryant (and Pat Riley and LeBron James and Big Baby and...) there is another, darker episode. There is Shaq's upbringing, and how his father physically and mentally abused him. Phillip Harrison, Shaq's military-member father, crossed the line from raising a tough child to abuse, according to Jackie MacMullan, who wrote the book with Shaq. And he crossed it a lot, she said. "It gets lost in the shuffle because people want to talk about Kobe, Pat Riley, and LeBron and all these other famous people, but another fascinating part of this book is his father. "Sarge," Phillip Harrison, who, frankly, abused him all the way through his life. Physically abused him, beat the living daylights out of him at every turn. We're not talking about spanking. We're talking about a belt. Beating him badly. Something that disturbed his mother greatly. Of course, Shaq's mom and his dad aren't together any more. I think that's in part why. Sarge was a military guy, that's how his father raised him, and that's how he was going to raise his son. I don't think he thinks there's anything wrong with it still..."

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November 12, 2011  09:17 AM ET

Shaq was 6-9 225 pounds in 6th grade. I don't buy it. Its amazing how everything comes out in a book.

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November 12, 2011  09:40 AM ET

I have this memory when the Lakers won their first title with Shaq to see him running to the stands and hug and kissing his dad during the celebration. Now he is saying that.
Not sure what to think. If he wants to go after his dad now on the book why he displayed so much affection back then if he disregard him?

November 12, 2011  10:18 AM ET

Time To Kiss And Make Up, Bro.

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November 12, 2011  11:18 AM ET
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I don't think he's going after him. Although I haven't read the book, I believe Shaq loves Sarge. Think of how he might have grown up without discipline. Not an advocate of beating children but do believe in stern discipline...Besides, did Shaq consider it abuse or was it Jackie MacMullan whom this article is quoting that called it that?

Yeah, I guess we need to read the book to figure that out.
I am just not interested in doing it. While I like Shaq, think he is funny and appreciate the 3 rings he brought to the Lakers, I am not fond of his antics and the way he trashed almost all franchises he played with.
Shaq needs to look inside himself and come to the realization he did screw up big time. It's not just everybody else's fault as he usually like to say.

November 12, 2011  11:32 AM ET

damn shaq dont care who he throws under the bus. kobe, phil, his dad, riley, everybody is at fault except for the big diesel

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November 12, 2011  11:54 AM ET
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damn shaq dont care who he throws under the bus. kobe, phil, his dad, riley, everybody is at fault except for the big diesel

yep, he always play the victim, it is never his fault. Pathetic.

November 12, 2011  12:15 PM ET
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With the long-standing Lakers-Celtics rivalry, LA would never trade a star player to Boston - or vice versa. In fact, most players who play for one team never play for the other. However, Shaq somehow managed to play for *both* these rivals. That is a testament to how much he bounced around the league. Shaq has truly bounced around more than any other superstar of his caliber. Many superstars stay with *one* team, and most of them rarely play for 2 or 3 teams. Shaq played not for just 2 or 3 teams, but *6* !! When it comes time to debate the rankings of the all-time greats, this lack of staying power, along with his poor free throw shooting, should be marked against him. Just like in the real world, where moving from one company to another too frequently is a sign of instability, it should count against Shaq as well.

Well Shaq became quite the mercenary after he left the Lakers. LA didn't want to pay a center that was always coming into the season out of shape and over weight. So the shipped him the the Heat.

The Heat win one championship with him and pay Shaq his big bucks that he wanted. But once the team went into the toilet, Shaq was hurt, over weight, paid to much, and wanted out. On to the Sun were a merical happened were the injured Shaq was ready to play. Then the Sun started to go down hill and Shaq went to the Cav's to help the "king" win a title. And we all know how that turned out. And last stop Boston where Shaq's mouth kept talking about how good he was, but he could hardly run up the court because he was so out of shape.

Had Shaq ever had the drive that Kobe had to stay in shape. Shaq would have helped those teams win. But he was a fat out of shape mercenary that talked a better game then he could play. He was just living on his reputation.

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November 12, 2011  12:55 PM ET

That really is the winner when you're trying to sell a book, isn't it? Parental abuse. Interesting observation by Jackie MacMullan, the author, "another fascinating part of this book". Says who? How about more throwing under the bus by the worlds biggest gas bag? Yeah. That works.

November 12, 2011  12:58 PM ET
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I have this memory when the Lakers won their first title with Shaq to see him running to the stands and hug and kissing his dad during the celebration. Now he is saying that. Not sure what to think. If he wants to go after his dad now on the book why he displayed so much affection back then if he disregard him?

Absolutely. Forgot about that. Great observation. If you're not sure what to think, consider the source. This dude Shaq is a low life hemorrhoid.

November 12, 2011  01:18 PM ET

Am I Missing something? It says shaqs dad used to spank him with a belt... That classifies as beating and adult abuse these days? A belt whoopin or havin to get a switch isn't beating, it's adequate punishment. I half expected this story to have more merit than him gettin belt spanked

November 12, 2011  01:19 PM ET
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agreed....did he also blame McDonalds for him never really being in great shape?

No, he blames burger King since they were his sponsor in LA

 
November 12, 2011  01:31 PM ET
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Am I Missing something? It says shaqs dad used to spank him with a belt... That classifies as beating and adult abuse these days? A belt whoopin or havin to get a switch isn't beating, it's adequate punishment. I half expected this story to have more merit than him gettin belt spanked

All the bleeding hearts want to give children time outs now. You can't raise your had to a kid, or its abuse. Funny how the more we treat our kids like sissies, the worse they turn out.

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