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Tom Brady’s departure confirms ‘no loyalty in sports,’ says Shaquille O’Neal

Tom Brady, Shaquille O'Neal, Buccaneers

Hall of Fame NBA center Shaquille O’Neal shared his thoughts on longtime New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency this past week. The four-time NBA champion O’Neal was winning his first title around the same time Brady entered the NFL, ushering in the dynasty of the Patriots.

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Per Brandon Robinson in Heavy.com:

Do you like Tom Brady with the Buccaneers in the NFL?

Shaquille O’Neal: No I do not. It just confirms that there is no loyalty in sports. When you get older, They forget about you. The day I knew I was dog meat, was when Michael Jordan left. The day I knew I was dog meat was when Dominique [Wilkins] left. The day I knew I was dog meat was when Partick Ewing ended up in Seattle. I knew it. There’s only a few people that can stay with one franchise to twenty or thirty years. The rest of us, we’re dog meat. They get what they want, and we move on. Because everyone wants to go younger. I’m not trying to go younger, I’m trying to win right away. You can go younger with the Patriots, but you’re not bringing in anyone even close to Tom Brady. I don’t know what you do.

O’Neal, infamously, had issues cooperating with recently deceased Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant. That was despite winning three championships in a row with Los Angeles. O’Neal exited the Lakers only to join Dwyane Wade with the Miami Heat, winning another title there. O’Neal, 48, also spent the final four years of his illustrious NBA career on four different teams. That includes playing with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers and with the Boston Celtics.

Brady and the Patriots won six Super Bowl titles together. But the legendary gunslinger decided to pick a warmer city, breaking up with longtime head coach Bill Belichick.