Shaquille O’Neal is refusing to criticize Draymond Inexperienced for his function in a wild struggle earlier this week … telling TMZ Sports activities straight up, “I woulda did the identical factor!!”
Everybody’s piled on the Warriors star after he put Rudy Gobert in a chokehold and would not let go throughout a tussle at Tuesday evening’s Golden State vs. Minnesota sport … however after we bought The Diesel at his charity occasion in Los Angeles on Thursday, he mentioned he simply could not be a part of the lots on this one.
As for why … Shaq mentioned it is easy — “you have to stick up on your teammate.”
“If me and you’re having an interview and anyone comes right here,” Shaq advised our photog, “I’ll need to whoop their ass. Since you’re my homegirl.”
After all, Warriors coach Steve Kerr would not precisely agree with Shaq on this one … whereas he mentioned he appreciated the truth that Inexperienced was defending Klay Thompson through the scuffle, he advised reporters this week the Dubs ahead simply took issues manner too far.
“Draymond was mistaken,” Kerr mentioned. “He is aware of that. It is a dangerous look.”
As we reported, the NBA has banned Inexperienced 5 video games over the ordeal … and to this point, the Warriors are 0-1 with out him.