The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1339 Tuesday, 4 July 2000.
Date: Friday, 30 Jun 2000 13:01:44 -0500
Subject: For What It's Worth
Here's O'Neil's rebuttal of the charges about his acting. I'm posting
this simply out of a sense of fairness. After all, I'm a Pacers fan.
LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal, criticized for
making a commercial during the ongoing actors' strike against the ad
industry, insisted he's really a team player. "I've been through two
work stoppages in my career and I know how difficult they are to union
members and their families," O'Neal said in a statement Monday. O'Neal
filmed an instant "I'm going to Disneyland!" spot after the Lakers won
the NBA championship June 19. O'Neal's fee went to his charity for
disadvantaged children, his agent said. O'Neal, the regular season and
NBA Finals MVP, came under fire from the Screen Actors Guild and the
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, which authorized
the strike that began May 1. Union membership is mandatory for all who
make commercials, including athletes.
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Happy Fourth, Yanks.