09.15.10

The Romance Between Shaq & Hi-Tech Comes To A Sorry End

Posted in Basketball, The Law at 10:25 am by

To say nothing of his obsession with law enforcement.   Celtics C and likely NBA Hall Of Famer Shaquille O’Neal moonlighting efforts as a pseudo-superhero (busting online child predators, rescuing gay bashing victims, etc.) have provided excellent copy, but who’d have suspected The Diesel would use his police connections for nefarious means?  A former employee of O’Neal’s, Shawn Darling, alleges he was paid to hack into computers and phone systems of multiple women, and later, found himself the target of Shaq’s considerable ire.  From Radar Online :

In October, 2009, following the demise of Shaq’s marriage to Shaunie O’Neal, Darling discovered he was having an affair with Vanessa Lopez. Darling reached out to Lopez, who told him that she thought O’Neal was trying to break into her voicemail, deleting messages and changing her passwords.

In the lawsuit, Darling says he found proof that Shaq was breaking into Lopez’s phone system and told her about it.

Lopez, who is currently suing Shaq for harassment and is being represented by power attorney Gloria Allred, then told O’Neal that Darling was giving her information behind his back, according to the lawsuit.

At that point, Darling claims Shaq sent him threatening messages, tried to break into his voicemail and enlisted the help of an active Arizona detective to master a computer program that would allegedly allow him to frame Darling for possession of child pornography so that Shaq could confiscate the computer holding evidence of his affair with Lopez.

In emails quoted as evidence in the lawsuit, O’Neal’s agent wrote on December 15, 2009, “got it he will be stopped n pay for this.”

O’Neal wrote back “ok but in the meantime o boy needs to be put in jail, we have way too many law enforcement connections to let a criminal try to get over on mine o mine, we don’t need any distractions as we deal with Harvard guy, shoe line guy, restaurant guy, real estate guy and everything we are planning to do after basketball life…”

One Response to “The Romance Between Shaq & Hi-Tech Comes To A Sorry End”

  1. Rog says:

    So, was Kobe right about him? Should he get a written apology from Bill Simmons from slamming him all those years?

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