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Shaquille O’Neal gets brutally honest on being afraid of cancel culture

Shaquille O'Neal, Lakers, Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves

Shaquille O’Neal is a pretty big dude. He doesn’t get scared easily. But for the NBA legend, what he fears is getting canceled.

Shaq is one of the most beloved NBA players ever. The Los Angeles Lakers icon has endeared himself to fans because of his outgoing personality, childish humor, and constantly giving back to the community. So it would seem implausible that he would get bashed. But with the way cancel culture has become pervasive on social media when someone messes up, even a guy like Shaq isn’t safe (via Reddit).

“I try to tell people I’m a real model, not a role model. Everybody makes mistakes. When I make a mistake, I want you to learn from my mistake. I probably won’t make a purposeful mistake, I may make an accidental mistake, but I try to be as respectful and righteous as I can. Times are different. You can’t say things like you used to could say.”

With the 24/7 nature of news in the digital age, celebrities are always under the microscope. One slip-up and it would be all over the headlines and online platforms. Shaq himself has been embroiled in several issues because of his controversial statements regarding the current crop of NBA players. So he knows how hard it is to stay on the right lane.

Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns recently sounded off on the toxic nature of NBA fans, so Shaq is not alone in his criticisms.

Shaquille O’Neal, however, made a good point that at the end of the day, everything boils down to respect. And that’s something that can’t be canceled.