Shaquille O’Neal Apologizes For 9/11 Truther Post — SEE STATEMENT
Shaquille O’Neal is apologizing for a 9/11 truther article that was posted on his official website and Facebook. See photos below.
The story in question appeared on both the “Shaquille O’Neal” Facebook page as well as Shaq.com on Thursday. On Facebook, the post featured an image of one of the planes hitting the Twin Towers with the caption, “This might make you think twice… what do you think? #NeverForget #Remember911.” On the NBA legend’s official site was an actual article with the headline, “A Close Up Video Was Discovered Of 9/11: You Won’t Believe What It Shows!” Both the written piece and the accompanying video featured conspiracy theories about the September 11 tragedy.
After a backlash, both posts were pulled. On Friday, O’Neal released an apology, though he didn’t take full responsibility. His statement reads:
“This post was insulting and offensive, and I apologize to everyone who came across it. Once I learned that it was on my Facebook page and blog, I ordered it removed and fired the firm that posted it. I am not and never have been a ‘9/11 truther.’ My father served our country and I am immensely proud of the sacrifices people make daily to keep us safe. The events of 9/11 were a horrible tragedy for our nation and it’s a disgrace that anyone would think otherwise.”
If so inclined, screengrabs of the offending posts can be seen below. What do you think of the controversy?