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Shaquille O'Neal

Under Investigation

Allegedly Punched Man at TV Studio

3/24/2014 9:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Shaquille O'Neal is under investigation by Atlanta Police ... after a man claims the ex-NBA star punched him at Turner studios last year ... though Shaq claims the two were simply horsing around.

According to the police report, obtained by TMZ Sports ... 44-year-old Robert Williams claims he was working at Turner Studios, where Shaq tapes "Inside the NBA" ... when he was attacked by the big man just after midnight.

"While at work at Turner Studios on May 9th 2013, about 12:30am, as I was performing my duties at work, Shaquille O'Neal ran out of a room and hit me with a tackle punch to the back knocking me down and falling on top of me injuring my neck and back."

Williams says he reported the incident to Turner Security and was placed under medical care ... though he did not file the police report until July 2, nearly two months later.

As for Shaq, he claims the whole thing is being blown out of proportion -- his attorney told WSBTV, "This was nothing more than horseplay. No one intended for anyone to get injured."

Cops tell TMZ Sports no charges have been filed against Shaq and reinforce that Shaq was never arrested ... but the matter is still under investigation. 

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7:59 AM PT -- The accuser, Rob Williams, apparently worked as a camera operator on "Inside the NBA." 

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42 COMMENTS

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1.

Just Steve    

Shaq looks a little hungry

149 days ago
2.

Teresa andrews    

I call B.S. Somebody is looking for a payday.

149 days ago
3.

free willie    

Just buy him a pair of sneakers

149 days ago
4.

Sillywilly    

He just ran out of a room and hit him? There MIGHT be more to this story.

149 days ago
5.

angryblackman    

Hope they don't kick him off tnt cause him & barkley going at it be funny af

149 days ago
6.

Sips    

Isn't Shaq a cop or something or was that just for TV

149 days ago
7.

Choade McPooter    

Horseplay vs horsepower

149 days ago
8.

Yurra Knutz    

Minding my own business and for no reason... I was Shaq attacked.
Then, the 325 lb guy fell on me.

MY NECK!
And.. My back!
My neck and my back.
Oh the pain, the suffering.

Write a me a check with lots of zeros and we can forget the whole ordeal.

149 days ago
9.

Ron Fing Swanson    

" I was just horsing around" - OJ Simpson

149 days ago
10.

MILK    

Isn't he the NBA player who has AIDS? He shouldn't be punching people...

149 days ago
11.

Laughing at celebrities is fun.    

If shaq hit him he still wouldn't be awake or dead.

149 days ago
12.

andrewlala    

Shaq, u could of at least jumped on Stephen Affirmative Smith.

149 days ago
13.

BeiberVegasHoHo    

$$$$$

149 days ago
14.

BeiberVegasHoHo    

If Shaq had if been 6 or 7 inches shorter, he would be serving you Big Macs!!!!!!!!!!!!! With genetics nowadays, these ballers are dunking way too easily. Need to raise the hoops 12 inches! P.S. have u seen J.B play? He's pretty fly for a white guy :-)

149 days ago
15.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

Lies

149 days ago
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