Shaquille O'Neal is now taking shots from elected state officials.
The retired Hall of Famer and current TNT analyst responded this week to the backlash from his critical comments about Utah Jazz All-Star Donovan Mitchell. O’Neal said that he was giving Mitchell constructive criticism and motivation. He also added a “You’re welcome, Utah” for good measure.
Shaq on Donovan: "Hell of a player. I never hate, I just try to give constructive criticism. My whole career I've been a leader and I motivate my players a certain way. So, you're welcome Utah."
— Ryan Miller (@millerjryan) February 10, 2021
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox then responded to O’Neal’s remarks in a tweet. Cox sarcastically said that he would criticize O’Neal for being a bad TV commentator in the hopes that O’Neal would get better.
— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) February 10, 2021