Former NBA center Shaquille O'Neal had ESPN personality, Stephen A. Smith, a bit worried when he called his radio show to order him to stop talking about the Dallas Cowboys.
The pundit has been celebrating the NFL side's every misstep and was in quite the jubilant mood after the Los Angeles Rams eliminated the Texas outfit from the playoffs over the weekend.
Smith wore a cowboy hat and fiddled with a cigar on ESPN's First Take on Monday. And things were hardly different on his radio show, something which prompted the Hall of Famer to call the show pretending to be a Southern gentleman named "Tex Johnson".
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The host was visibly confused for a while and kept asking who his caller was after Shaq demanded that he take off his hat and stop digging out the Cowboys.
It wasn't until "Tex" threatened to bring some horses up to Smith's New York/New Jersey home to leave some stuff on his lawn that he realized he was being toyed with by O'Neal.
"This is you, isn't it Shaq!?" Smith shouted after finally recognizing the voice. "This is Shaq! Shaq, that's you ain't it?"
The former Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat star could not hold back the laughter but kept denying that it was him on the other end of the line. He hung up shortly after, leaving Smith to vow that he would "get him".
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Shaq spent some time living in San Antonio as a child and was a high school star over there. He's clearly still loyal to the Cowboys and had to get one up on Smith after listening to the talk show host bash the team nearly all season.
He did have the ESPN man shaken for a bit, especially when he brought up his house and lawn; but it was all in good fun and you can bet that Smith will reserve a wee section for the ex-center on his next First Take appearance.