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Shaquille O'Neal

Investigation Stems from Couch Gag

... from TNT Show

3/25/2014 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The man who claims he was attacked by Shaquille O'Neal was merely the victim of a "couch gag" that Shaq routinely pulls on the show ... sources close to the investigation tell TMZ Sports.

O'Neal is currently under investigation by Atlanta Police after an employee who works at Turner Studios (where Shaq tapes "Inside the NBA") claimed O'Neal injured him during an assault in May '13.

But sources connected to the situation tell us ... the "attack" was nothing more than a running gag Shaq plays with various staffers in which he playfully tackles people over a couch in the studio.

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In fact, footage of Shaq pulling the "couch gag" has been aired on "Inside the NBA" -- with Kenny Smith explaining that everyone in the office is a possible target.

"I don't care if you're an intern, executive, high maintenance person ... I don't care who you are ... you will get tackled if you're not paying attention by Shaq," Smith said during an episode that aired in 2013. 

However, the accuser claims he never signed up to be a mark ... and that's why he got cops involved when he was allegedly injured by the stunt. 

Shaq's people claim the incident was nothing more than "horseplay." Cops are investigating. So far, no arrest has been made and no charges have been filed. For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
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1.

Teresa andrews    

His neck and back hurts, but a whole big pile of cash will cure it.

178 days ago
2.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

I knew it was b.s... some little p*ssy trying to get some money

178 days ago
3.

gorillaG    

Let's see Shaq is how big, and how old, nd would probably dominate most people agreed! Now he imposes his size on unsuspecting individuals, and because he thinks its funny (it's just horseplay - not common assult). I'm guessing Shaq has not been the recipient of such a physical assult to know that there is not just the physical element involved, and that expressing remorse after the fact dosen't heal any emotional or physical scars. So I hope this guy wins Big and puts some financial hurt on the big guy. Maybe then he'll stop his hijinks aka bullying

178 days ago
4.

Mr Barcliff    

Anyone who has met Shaq knows he isnt a violent guy. Would he defend himself if in danger or his kids or family? Im sure he would but, Shaq is about having fun, hes not a thug, he has ZERO THUG MOMENTS in his career. The closest hes been to a THUG is WHEN HE STOOD BESIDE ONE. I understand the guy who got hurt wanting his medical bills paid but, Shaq attacking anyone? The most business minded of almost all of the 1990's college stars who was raised by a man(his dad Phil) to be a man and act like one, no, Im not buying it.Theres always a slight possibility that im wrong, were human, not perfect and just like nobody thought Darren Sharper could have raped woman with his stardom and character and model looks, who knows if Shaq may have hurt the guy, just saying its not in Shaqs track record. I hope the best for the man who got hurt, sincerely though. I just think they were or Shaq was playing around, hes a clown(in a good way), not a common thug!!!LGNM

178 days ago
5.

BDSMASTER    

This is horse ****.

178 days ago
6.

taffy84    

He is one of the few NBA player's who actually does good things stop trying to run this mans name threw the dirt if he attack him the guy would not be alive

178 days ago
7.

News Flash     

If that big Bafoon landed on me, I'd scream too!

178 days ago
8.

News Flash     

Shaquille is so big he prob gets a 10lb hard on.

178 days ago
9.

NOT ELMO    

CONGRATULATIONS TO SHAQ FOR DATING A YOUNG BLONDE TRANNY FROM CALIFORNIA....

178 days ago
10.

david 183    

Too damn big to be playing games like that. Barkley is 6'6 260... lbs and you see the way Shaq tossed him around .

178 days ago
11.

Vote2012    

I have met Shaq several times over the years he is one of the nicest and friendliest guys on this planet.

178 days ago
12.

Lee    

Oh no..........
http://iec-ut.edu.vn/vi/

178 days ago
13.

Yurra Knutz    

WHIPLASH!!

Please, 3 million for pain and suffering your honor... 1 million?... A house, a car, something?... Can I at least have the couch?

178 days ago
14.

Jim Crow    

Once you get money you're a target when you're broke no one cares.

177 days ago
15.

lourdgoogoo    

When a 300lbs. man land on you, even as a joke, it has to hurt. I could see how he might have been injured.

175 days ago

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