Shaq to NY pols: 'Do the right thing'


Despite support from state legislators and the public, it inreasingly looks as if New York will remain the only State or Privince in North Freakin America that prohibits mixed martial arts.

This week the New York State Assembly is expected to discuss in private whether to allow a vote on the bill before the current legislative session ends on June 20.

Retired NBA superstar, and mixed martial artist Shaquille O'Neal just issued a statement imploring New York's political leadership to do the right thing:

"For more than a decade, I’ve trained in MMA," said O'Neal. "I’ve studied boxing, jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, and wrestling.  I’ve practiced martial arts and MMA for the last 15 years.  I know how MMA training helps both the body and the mind. I know that MMA training teaches respect and discipline, I’ve been to MMA matches – UFC and other promoters, professional and amateur – and I know that this is a real sport, requiring incredible athleticism and has a fan base that rivals the home crowds I played in front of for the Lakers, Heat and Celtics.

"I’ve been to a UFC event at the TD Garden in Boston and I would love to attend one at the ‘Mecca’ – Madison Square Garden.  As a businessman and sports enthusiast, I know the kind of economic activity UFC and other MMA events bring to communities.  It would be huge in New York City and would be even bigger for those struggling upstate New York communities. New Yorkers love their Knicks and Nets, Yankees and Mets, Giants and Jets, and they also love MMA.  It’s time for New York to do the right thing.

"The State Assembly should allow a vote on the bill to legalize MMA. The Senate has supported it and now it’s time for the Assembly to give New Yorkers a fair opportunity to be able to watch MMA at an arena in their hometown. I know the Speaker loves the Rangers, but millions of New Yorkers also love MMA with the same passion he has for hockey.”

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KingofBJJ site profile image  

6/12/13 1:18 PM by KingofBJJ

I'm tired of the Basketball types talking about they train in MMA.  The only MMA training that some might do is just the workouts (moving tractor tires, etc.).  15 years my ass.  Shaq didn't know Jiu Jitsu, much less MMA existed because he was too busy spending the off season training to not suck so hard with his freethrows with the Lakers.

UGCTT_FryedTakayama site profile image  

6/11/13 10:21 PM by UGCTT_FryedTakayama

Shaq probably wants to fight Conseco on that MSG card lol

shaqitup site profile image  

6/11/13 10:18 PM by shaqitup

shaq's lookin for dat mike tyson treatment. hopefully this can help

Fudge Cake site profile image  

6/11/13 10:12 PM by Fudge Cake

When Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty was quoted as saying legalization of MMA was very low priority for him, Dana and Lorenzo paid him a visit. The following week, all I heard on the radio was how MMA was legalized. These New York politicians also want Dana and Lozenzo to pay them a visit (with money bags) ;)

DoctorVanNostran site profile image  

6/11/13 10:07 PM by DoctorVanNostran


TheKidAintMine site profile image  

6/11/13 7:14 PM by TheKidAintMine

ttt for the Big Aristotle!!!!

ssj site profile image  

6/11/13 7:10 PM by ssj

sheldon cooper?

MMALOGIC site profile image  

6/11/13 3:13 PM by MMALOGIC

it's all sheldon silver... zuffa and MSG need to have a sit down with this douchebag and make an offer he cant refuse.

ssj site profile image  

6/11/13 3:05 PM by ssj

WTA?!?!Shaq talking like a BIG CHAMPION?this thread has special written all over it :Bin.

RickStorm site profile image  

6/11/13 1:20 PM by RickStorm

WTA =)