Shaq Announces Retirement Via Twitter

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The Big Diesel is out of fuel.

Shaquille O’Neal announced yesterday that he is retiring from the NBA after 19 seasons. What is most surprising about the announcement is how he did it– via Twitter.

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Shaquille O’Neal is ending his Hall of Fame NBA career—not that he’s told the Celtics. The future Hall-of-Famer announced his retirement in a brief video posted online yesterday. “We did it. Nineteen years, baby,” he said. “I want to thank you very much, that’s why I’m telling you first, I’m about to retire.” When ESPN asked why he’d announced it that way, he replied, “Once a businessman, always a businessman. I am the emperor of the social media network.” A Celtics spokesman said O’Neal hadn’t yet told them of his decision, but Rajon Rondo tweeted, “Shout out to @SHAQ on the hall of fame career. One of a kind player.” In an interview with ESPN, Shaq said he was retiring because of his nagging Achilles injury; team doctors said he’d need surgery and a lengthy rehab stint. “I really, really thought about coming back,” he said. But “we’d have the same outcome as this last year—everyone sitting around and waiting for me.”

Have you ever found out something important via Facebook or Twitter that you wish a person had told you themselves?

Shaq may be best known for his basketball skills, but he also had a short-lived career as an actor. Does anyone remember Kazaam?

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