The Latest Round Of Shaq Emails Is Out, This Time Worrying About TMZ
If you've been reading our site over these recent summer dog days, you might have noticed that the Miami New Times is releasing some rather embarrassing e-mail correspondences involving none other than Shaquille O'Neal. There was the time he wanted Rihanna and accepted no substitutes. There was the time he was very explicit with a model about what he wanted to, and where (and for what duration) he wanted to do it. And now, we have a set of emails depicting something not so salacious, but still, it doesn't look too good for Diesel...and it likely won't shock you to learn TMZ is involved.
Specifically, it sounds as though TMZ had its sights set on obtaining some proof, both written and photographic, that Shaq was involved with a woman named Christina "while he resided in Scottsdale, AZ." TMZ was so keen on getting this story, in fact, that they were willing to pay $3,500 for it. It turned out, though, that instead of the story falling into TMZ's hands, TMZ's plans fell into Shaq's hands, and he obviously wasn't thrilled. These emails between Shaq and his agent, Robert Parrish, followed:
Shaq: Tmz is offering people money, read below
Parrish: We can't stop them from offering money. Every pic every story is for sale. We will have Dennis [Roach, Shaq's attorney] send the a letter. We got to be careful we don't want TMZ reporting that Shaq and his people are trying to start us from reporting "news". We know its bs but the will use anything to promote their site. They would love to have a "riff" with Shaq. Who is Christina we need to talk to her.Chief and I are having breakfast with you in the morning.
Shaq: They kno the emails are stolen, that's why they contacting , people. Thet are harassing, those emails are stolen
Parrish: I got a contact now with TMZ I'm talking with
Shaq: The point is we dnt want them do what they r doing to tiger, they got him wit steroids and all dat shit
Parrish: We are working hard on this. Although the stuff is stolen TMZ n the other website marketing themselves as gossip entertainment not credible new reporting ie CNN, I'm with you on this we are going to see how good our contact is
Shaq: Ok but in the meantime o boy needs to b put in jail, we have way to many law enforcement connections to let a criminal try to get over on mine o mine, we dnt need any distraction was we deal with our harvard guy, shoe line guy, retaraunt guy, real estate guy, and everything we are planning to do for the after basketball life. I promised u I would stay outta trouble, I kept my word, but cannot control somebody dtealing and selling emails. Come on now protect me from this.
I lost my family because of this guy, come on now
Parrish: Got it he will be stopped n pay for this
Well, unless we missed a huge TMZ expose on Shaq sometime a while back, the site indeed never got its scoop. We don't blame him for being nervous, though - when TMZ's chasing a scoop, it'll go pretty far - and, as Parrish noted, cross "traditional" journalistic lines - to do so. What happened after the emails were shot off, and after Parrish talked to his TMZ contact (and Shaq his "law enforcement connections"), is anyone's guess. Whatever it was, Shaq appears to have emerged from that one unscathed - but comparing yourself to Tiger? Shaq, you probably shouldn't have gone there.
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