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Guns, Crips, Robbery, A Sex Tape and Shaq. Now THAT Sounds Like A Story!

Say what you will about TMZ — Harvey Levin’s gossip bunch harasses public figures, even those with minimal relevance, night after night largely for the purpose of antagonizing them to the rest of the world — they don’t get it wrong often when it comes to reporting stories. Here’s a pretty sensationalistic one that contains Shaquille O’Neal.

The basic facts are there is an ongoing criminal case centering around seven men who allegedly kidnapped, beat up and robbed a man who claimed to be in possession of a sex tape.

That sex tape is allegedly of Shaq, and it shows him, well, you understand why they call it a sex tape.

The seven men have been arrested and charged with robbery, kidnapping and other crimes. They are currently in the middle of a preliminary hearing and being held in jail.

Part of the backstory is that Shaq if friends with one of the accused — Ladell Rowles, who is a member of the Main Street Mafia Crip Gang in Los Angeles. He also knows the guy who got the crap beat out of him, Robert Ross. According to TMZ, Shaq and his business manager, Mark Stevens, have a record label and allegedly told Ross they would give him a 50 percent cut in any artists he brought to them. Ross claims he delivered Ray J to Shaq, but got cut out of the deal.

As payback, Ross threatened to release the tape unless he got what he thought he was owed. Then, in February 2008, Rawles and his boys met up with Ross and allegedly roughed him up something fierce. Oh, and they took his Rolex, some diamond jewelry and about $15,000.

LAPD detectives interviewed Shaq to determine what, if any, involvement he had in the alleged crimes.  He is not considered to be a suspect.

Anyway, read the whole thing. The TMZ article goes on to mention how the crimes went down’ how Ross brought girls over to his house for Shaq; how this tape was recorded when Shaq was still married; how Ross even had an affair with Shaq’s ex.

Pretty salacious stuff. A small part of LeBron has to feel a little relieved about this development. This could be something that draws the sports media’s over-reporting glare away from him for a while.

A couple of observations:

This kind of puts Shaq’s television aspirations on hold for just a minute, does it not? If he’s found to be completely uninvolved, I think he’ll be able to overcome the rumors. Sex tapes aren’t a big deal these days. If it ever sees the light of day, all he’ll need to do is issue a simple apology, not answer any questions about it and move on swiftly.

So, um, yeeeah — where’s the tape? You may say you don’t want to see it, but you know you’re curious. Hell, people were curious to see Brandon Spikes get fellated in a webcam clip. Our cable news media has been completely obsessed with Anthony Weiner’s junk for about three weeks now, and I guarantee a lot more people are interested in Shaquille O’Neal’s sex life. If the tape is ever made public somehow, the majority will have to satisfy that voice in their head for at least a gander.

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