Police in Atlanta opened up an open assault investigation on Shaquille O’Neal after an incident last year that his lawyer said was “horseplay” but left an injured co-worker, and pay per head sportsbooks wonder what awaits the basketball legend.
Pay per head sportsbooks found out that charges on the incident have not been filed by local police. According to a police report, the incident took place on May 9 and was first reported to police on July 2.
According to Robert Williams, who’s a co-worker of O’Neal’s at Turner Studios, for whom the former player works as an NBA analyst, O’Neal “ran out of a room and hit me with a tackle punch to the back knocking me down and falling on top of me injuring my neck and back,” said the police report, and pay per sportsbooks could see how controversial this situation was, and is proving to be.
Williams said that Turner Security knew of the incident within a day.
“The investigation was initially handled by the zone and as that investigation deepened, it was transferred (to) the complex case squad,” Atlanta police Sgt. Greg Lyon said, according to WSB TV in Atlanta. “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 (will) be reviewed by the DA’s Office.”
Dennis Roach, O’Neal’s attorney, said in statement that was sent to the local ABC affiliate that the incident “was nothing more than horseplay. No one intended for anyone to get injured.”
Pay per head sportsbooks learned that Williams’ attorney countered that statement with his own, denying that the result of the incident was due to horseplay.
“We understand that the physical attack by Shaquille O’Neal upon Mr. Robert Williams is under criminal investigation,” Williams’ attorney said in a statement to WSB. “Mr. Williams is presently recovering after surgery.
“However, he does state, emphatically, that the permanent injuries he received were not the result of participation in any form of ‘horseplay.’ ”
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O’Neal, who’s a 15-time All-Star and was a huge favourite with pay per head sportsbooks, retired in 2011 after a career with the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat that spanned 19 years. Price per head services also saw that he played with the Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics.