Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/19/14

Former NBA All-Star center and current TNT NBA analyst Shaquille O’Neal responded to a tweet about his weight from FOXSports.com’s Jason Whitlock by challenging the writer to a fight. Whitlock sent the following tweet to “Inside the NBA” before Tuesday’s season-opening game between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat began: Right now, Chuck would win Shirt-Off II… Shaq is opening the season out of shape, as usual. #nbaontnt — Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) October 31, 2012 Whitlock was referencing the weight-loss competition Shaq and fellow TNT analyst Charles Barkley had last season. Shaq was declared the winner (thanks in part to his painted-on abs), but Whitlock thinks Chuck looks better now. The second part of Whitlock’s tweet was another jab at Shaq, who tended to show up out of shape at the beginning of most NBA seasons. You know Shaq wasn’t about to take the criticism without fighting back. “Jason Whitlock: I tell you what,” he said. “You can come here and box me any time you want! “All muscle right here, baby, trust me,” Shaq said, pointing to his body. “Jason Whitlock, I’ll use one hand, you use two, I’ll get on my knees! Anytime, anyplace. You don’t know who you’re talking to!” said O’Neal. After the show came back from commercial, Shaq was shown a picture of a rotund Whitlock laying on the couch. “That’s him? That’s the pot calling the kettle black!” said Shaq. What was Whitlock’s response? What did Shaq say? He didn’t hear about P90Whitlock? …. — Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) October 31, 2012 Shaq is known for getting into fights with fellow media members (see this and this), and he loves challenging people to fights. If Whitlock agrees to a fight, he would have to wait in line behind the huge Korean kickboxer, and Jose Canseco. My suggestion? How about a three-way shirt-off competition between Shaq, Chuck, and Whitlock? Whatta you say, fellas?

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Gregg Marshall is staying at Wichita State

Bengals troll Browns with April Fools’ Day joke

Malcolm Jenkins on McCoy trade: Could've gotten more

Does Romo restructure pave the way for Peterson?

Todd Gurley: 2015 NFL Draft Profile

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Colts' Robert Mathis hopes to be back by training camp

LeBron thought Kyrie was a ballhog when season started

Muhammad Ali rooting for a Pacquiao win over Mayweather

Report: Cowboys to restructure Tony Romo's contract

Blake Griffin frustrated with lack of fan support at home

Eli Manning expects Giants' offense to take off in 2015

Ravens commit tampering violation, show it on Twitter

Lightning won’t sell playoff tickets to non-Florida residents

Brad Stevens dismisses Texas rumor

Albert, Costas and Michaels to work together for the first time

A’s closer buying tickets to fill stands at LGBT Pride Night

13 U.S. senators call on FIFA to strip Russia of 2018 World Cup

The San Antonio Spurs are beautiful again

Auriemma blasts men’s college basketball: ‘The game is a joke’

Westbrook: I'm not Angry Man off the court, I'm a chill guy

Fourth man sentenced in 2007 killing of Sean Taylor

Players who could have their arbitration years bought out

Rookie of the Year: Should there be a winner?

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dark horse Cy Young candidates

Final Four fact or fiction

Why WrestleMania 31 was an all-time great

Five worst QB situations in NFL

WATCH: Curry drops CP3 with crossover

Durant wants to spend career in OKC

This isn’t Tom Izzo’s greatest March masterpiece

Are the Angels being overlooked?

Top 20 players in the Final Four

Report: Tiger's plane spotted in Augusta

Moss shares story on meeting Deion

Five coaches already on the hot seat

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.