The NBA on TNT cast has a long history of amusing mischief. The threshold for hilarious moments that can only be found on live television may have been raised even higher by Tuesday night’s conversation with Warriors star Stephen Curry.
Shaquille O’Neal took a time to thank Curry for the accolade and proclaim him his favorite player in the NBA as the team was wrapping up an interview to celebrate Curry receiving the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award. He ended his speech with what appeared to be a barely covert allusion to the two’s ongoing legal dispute over the bitcoin exchange platform FTX.
“Thanks for getting me into trouble,” O’Neal remarked. Don’t talk, and keep silent.
Curry laughed heartily at the joke but decided not to respond because of O’Neal’s advise. In the class-action lawsuit brought against FTX and its creator, Sam Bankman-Fried, the two are among a number of well-known athletes who were named in the complaint.
The players named in the lawsuit—Tom Brady, Naomi Osaka, Trevor Lawrence, and Shohei Ohtani—”either controlled, promoted, assisted in, and actively participated” in the alleged scheme where they “aggressively marketed” FTX, according to the lawsuit, which claims that the firm and Bankman-Fried deceived consumers. Late last year, the business declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and CEO Bankman-Fried gave notice of her resignation.
Whatever the outcome of the litigation, it seems like O’Neal and Curry have no animosity toward one another because they are prepared to laugh at their current situation.