"This is straight-up black-on-black oppression.”
The childish back and forth name-calling between Shaq and JaVale McGee reached a pinnacle over the weekend when the mothers of both big men got involved in the ugly war of words.
Shaq's mom, Lucille, reportedly demanded that her son put an end to the feud, and judging by his recent comments he'll be taking her advice.
However, JaVale's mother thinks Shaq shouldn't be allowed to just walk away from this beef and should be fired from his job, or at least suspended, for constantly trash talking her baby boy.
Via The Undefeated,
“He cyberbullied my son,” Pamela McGee said in an emotional, 30-minute conversation. “Totally inappropriate. Shaquille needs to lose his job or be suspended. The NBA needs to make a stand.”
“If you really want to get technical with it, it’s bullying,” Pamela McGee said from her home in Northern Virginia. “We all have little jokes and stuff. But when you continue to pick on just one person – as his career is resurrecting – there’s nothing to it but bullying. And it’s unacceptable. You can’t allow someone to continue to do this who represents TNT and the NBA.
“He is a representative of TNT and the NBA. Broadcasters are held to a higher authority. He should lose his job.”
“And, besides, what 45-year-old man will say, I’m going to [slap the s–] out of a current player? He belittles, he berates Dwight Howard. He belittles, he berates [Kendrick] Perkins. But he sits in a glass house. And when people throw back stones, it’s an issue. No. He has to be held accountable.”
Furthermore, Pamela McGee went on to say that JaVale wasn't wrong for tweeting that Shaq is "cooning," claiming what Shaq is doing is 'straight up black-on-black oppression.'
Check out the rest of her comments from her lengthy discussion with The Undefeated below,
“OK, the NBA is 98 percent African-American. [73 percent black, according to a 2015-16 study]. He is bullying men of color. When you bully men of color who play your same position … we as a society have to stop condoning ignorant behavior. And, yes, as African-Americans, we have always had individuals who will sell out their communities for two barrels of rum. This is straight-up black-on-black oppression.”
“All of us are guilty if we sit back and laugh and condone it,” she added. “We’re becoming a nation where we now have someone in the White House saying it’s now OK to bully and disrespect. Disrespect people who don’t look like us, talk like us or think like us. All of us should be embarrassed.
“People say it’s just a TV show, but at the end of the day these are young men. This is somebody’s son, this is somebody’s family. I now wake up in the morning with a bad taste in my mouth like a dry heave right before I have to throw up. I’m embarrassed by what we’ve become as a society.”