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Shaquille O’Neal reveals why he was “classy” by responding to Kanye West

Shaquille O’Neal has revealed why he kept a “classic” response to Kanye West on Twitter after the rapper criticized the former NBA star’s business deal.

The 50-year-old sports analyst talked about his brief online feud with West and how he dealt with it in a recent interview with People. These comments come almost a month after the musician got on Twitter criticize O’Neal for working with Jamie Slater, CEO and president of Authentic Brands Group.

Speaking to the publication, O’Neal said the reason he responded to West in a short and “cold” way was because his mother, Lucille, encourages him to stay calm during the conflict.

“If I make a statement, I can time travel and watch my mom watch it on TV,” he said. “So I don’t say [what I really want to say] ‘Cause she’d get upset She said, “Honey, stop this’

The former basketball player also noted that his mother’s disapproving appearance and the discipline of his stepfather, Phillip Harrison, kept him out of trouble.

“From 9 to 5 there were a lot of wrinkles,” he said. “People are lucky [my mother’s] still on Earth. Because if she wasn’t here, I’d be fucking reckless. I really would.

Earlier this month, O’Neal first he replied to West on Twitter telling him to focus on his own career and family life. This response comes after West’s Yeezy brand was dropped by multiple companies over his racist and anti-Semitic comments.

“Believe me, you don’t know me that way,” he wrote. “Worry about your business and to quote the once great Kanye West, ‘I have more money than you, so why should I listen to you,’ take my advice [and] sort out your family business. Have a nice day brother.

West’s tweets about O’Neal came in response to an athlete criticizing Kyrie Irving during the TNT Inside the NBA for promoting a video on Twitter that was widely regarded as anti-Semitic. The Brooklyn Nets star later apologized for his tweets.

During his interview with PeopleO’Neal noticed that while he didn’t mind his brief argument with West, he didn’t let their conversation go too far.

“I like to have fun,” he said. “But if anything personal ever gets done, I’ll come see you. I don’t play games for small children. The fact that [West] ruined his whole life he I did it. Nobody else did. These narcissistic people, when they screw up, it’s everyone else’s fault.”

He also said that he understands the singer’s self-absorbed tendencies because he has them himself.

“I’m a bit narcissistic [too]he said. “On a scale of 1 to 10, I’m probably a 2; [West] it’s 8 or 9. A lot of people just can’t take responsibility.”

O’Neal continued to note that West’s remark about his job was a problem, adding, “He threw it all away being arrogant and conceited, so now he wants to throw everyone else’s business under the bus?”

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