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6/11/13 9:06 AM
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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.”


6/11/13 9:10 AM
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There's no guessing about it. He's one of the most famous athletes of the past few decades, and he loves MMA. It's great support.

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where was this from?

 

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Jobe Watson's New and Improved Butler -  Any support is good support I guess. Phone Post

There's no guessing about it. He's one of the most famous athletes of the past few decades, and he loves MMA. It's great support.


 

no doubt about it.

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where was this from?

 


The NY Daily News has an article up.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/shaq-ny-legalize-mixed-martial-arts-article-1.1368783
6/11/13 10:17 AM
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Why would this be anything but a good thing? I don't understand.
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Poor Islanders can't get a mention. Phone Post 3.0
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Nobody in Albaby will listen until he elbows a few stinking politicians in the mouth. Teeth on the chamber floor.
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They will when they get to brooklyn, ;-)
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Thats why he was my childhood hero. Fuck man Shaq preached the truth once again.If he ever played for the Knicks thing would be golden . Still cannot make a more convincing case. Phone Post 3.0
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They will when they get to brooklyn, ;-)

LMAO!

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Why would this be anything but a good thing? I don't understand.
Same. Shaq is a awesome. Phone Post
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tell em Shaq

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where was this from?

 


The NY Daily News has an article up.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/shaq-ny-legalize-mixed-martial-arts-article-1.1368783

 

 

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/shaq-ny-legalize-mixed-martial-arts-article-1.1368783

 

thanks for the source

 

 

 

 

Shaquille O'Neal lends his support to legalizing mixed martial arts in New York State

O'Neal said he's trained over the past decade in mixed martial arts. The basketball legend says fans' fervor for MMA is no different from that of hockey enthusiasts.

 

 
6/11/13 12:29 PM
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Wrong thread... Lol I've never done that before, and I've always wondered how someone could do that. Phone Post 3.0
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WTA =)

6/11/13 3:13 PM
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it's all sheldon silver... zuffa and MSG need to have a sit down with this douchebag and make an offer he cant refuse.
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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) ;)
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shaq's lookin for dat mike tyson treatment.

hopefully this can help


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