Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Shaquille O’Neal Shocker: ‘I Nearly Beat A Kid To Death’

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Miami Heat center Shaquille O’Neal may be on a career high, but he had his share of lows in his youth.

Shaq is one of Esquire magazine’s Most Extraordinary Men Alive in the upcoming issue, but, in the interview, he says the lowest point of life was when, as a 13- year-old juvenile delinquent, he nearly beat another teen to death.

The hoops star says a guy ratted him out for throwing something in class, but when Shaq caught up to him after class, he kicked the kid until he went into an epileptic seizure.

Luckily, a motorist pulled over and saved the kid’s life.

In Shaq’s words, “If that guy hadn’t come, the kid might have died, and I’d have been done, done, done. I was a different person from that day on.”

Besides Shaq, the other extraordinary men named in the mag include: Access Hollywood host Billy Bush; Billy Bob Thorton; Val Kilmer; Donald Rumsfeld; Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane; Brian Williams and Howard Stern.

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