Shaquille O’Neal has taken a stance against Rihanna’s haters after the singer was criticised by former president Donald Trump for her 2023 Super Bowl halftime show.
The legendary basketball star recently praised the pregnant singer’s halftime show performance as he hit out against critics “disrespecting” the nine-time Grammy Award winner.
“All you people disrespecting my Rihanna, shut your face.
Shut it up,” he said during Tuesday’s episode of The Big Podcast with Shaq. “
We’re living in a world where people got too much freedom. Keep your f***ing thoughts to yourself.”
“She did a wonderful job, she’s pregnant, she blessed it, she did her thing, she didn’t fall,” he continued.
“Just leave it there. All you superstars that’s disrespectful and causing beef, shut your face. Shut it up.”
The basketball star went on to say that if Rihanna was his girlfriend,
he would have to “get at” any “rappers” or “presidential candidates” for criticising the singer’s halftime show performance.
O’Neal added that he even witnessed Rihanna’s 13-minute concert for himself at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
“I was there,” he said. “It was beautiful. She did a great job. I didn’t know she was pregnant until she bust out, but leave her alone.”
The four-time NBA champ concluded his message by giving Rihanna a round of applause. “
Rihanna,” O’Neal said, clapping. “Thank you. That was my first time I’ve ever seen you perform, you did a great job. I love you, we all love you. All you other people, shut your damn mouth.”