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Shaquille O’Neal accused of assault by TNT co-worker

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Atlanta police, according to several news outlets on March 25, reportedly investigating Sacramento Kings minority owner and TNT Analyst Shaquille O’Neal for an allegedly assaulting a Robert Williams, a TNT co-worker, that occurred back in May 2013.

Williams alleges Shaquille O’Neal tackled him to the ground causing injury to his back and spine while they were at work at Turner Studios.

Williams told Turner security about the incident, which occurred on May 19, but didn’t file a police report until July. He told police that that so O’Neil tackle-punched him, knocking him down and falling on top of him.

“The investigation was initially handled by the zone and as that investigation deepened, it was transferred (to) the complex case squad,” said Atlanta Police Department Sgt. Greg Lyon. “At the conclusion of their investigation, we’ll have their findings and we’ll go forth from there, whether charges will be filed, whether it be reviewed by the DA’s Office.”

O’Neal has not been charged and his lawyer, Dennis Roach, said the incident "was nothing more than horseplay. No one intended for anyone to get injured."

Atlanta’s channel 2’s Action News reporter Ryan Young went to Williams home to ask about the incident on March 24, but no one answered the door.

Young received a statement from Williams’ lawyer, William J. McKenny. McKenny said that Williams is currently recovering from surgery. The statement said that the injuries that Williams received were not the result of participation in any form of 'horseplay.'"

McKenny added that Williams required 4 screws and a metal plate as a result of the alleged "punch-tackle" ... and says he's still in serious pain.

TMZ Sports obtained one of the x-rays which Robert Williams lawyer says was taken after a November surgery to correct a herniated disk and it does look bad.

The 42-year old O’Neal retired in 2011 after a 19-year NBA career and signed with Turner Sports, shortly thereafter. He became a majority owner with the Kings last September.


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