Olympic hurdler and luge runner Lolo Jones issued a strong rebuttal to basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal’s statement that women’s basketball star Angel Reese was «probably the greatest athlete to ever come out of LSU sports.» .
«Shaq knew what he was doing,» Jones told TMZ. «Shaq is bored.»
O’Neal praised Reese during a recent episode of his «Big Podcast.» Jones even suggested that O’Neal was «high» from the painkillers she claimed he was taking due to her recent surgery.
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«He’s coming off hip surgery. He’s relaxing at home. I think Shaq, honestly, he’s high on some painkillers. The list is so long with LSU,» he said.
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O’Neal and Jones were standout athletes during their respective stints at LSU.
O’Neal was a consensus first-team selection twice and was a two-time Southeastern Conference Player of the Year. He also led the NCAA in blocks in 1991.
Jones won three NCAA titles during his college career.
Jones added that he believed O’Neal made his comments about Reese because it makes for good «water cooler talk.»
«So for Shaq to have the audacity to say ‘she’s the best ever,'» he continued, «I say, ‘Bro, chill on the painkillers,’ because that list is tough. See you later.»
Jones insisted that he was not trying to downplay Reese’s accomplishments.
«We’re not hating on Angel. We love to see her. She’s cooking. Let her keep cooking. But I’m telling you, LSU athletics is the powerhouse of that university,» he said.
Jones admitted that she personally doesn’t deserve the title of LSU’s ‘GOAT’.
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Instead, he named several Olympians who attended the school in an effort to counter O’Neal’s claim. He also mentioned baseball athletes who played for the Tigers.