Shaquille O'Neal + Allison Samuels: Basketball Big Flirts With Newsweek Reporter and Discusses Dwyane Wade's Mistresses
In an ongoing, bizarre local lawsuit, Shaquille O'Neal is accused of trying to orchestrate a frame job using child porn and the help of Miami Beach Police. Recently a judge temporarily barred the admission of a cache of the superstar's emails into the public record.
We've gotten our grubby hands on them anyway. Some are pretty interesting. We'll be sharing them here.
Let's start with some light reading. Here is respected Newsweek senior staff writer Allison Samuels trying to set Shaq up with some ladies.
In 2007, Shaq filed for divorce from his wife Shaunie. Late the next year, they officially reconciled. He was playing for the Phoenix Suns at the time. A year later, they would divorce for good.
Dwyane Wade was also still married to Siohvaughn, who would file for divorce a couple of months later and allege infidelity on his part.
The possibility of superstar basketball players cheating on their wives isn't exactly shocking. We're more surprised by Allison Samuels, who met Shaq while covering the Los Angeles Lakers and who "helped" write his mother's autobiography. Something about the following conversation -- in which she tries to hook Shaq up with model Sessilee Lopez and then a bunch of other girls -- doesn't exactly scream Newsweek. And she's using her work email? Good Lord, what of the sanctity of the national weekly?
Shaq's lawyers have called the suit "baseless" and maintain that these emails were technically stolen by his former IT guy, Shawn Darling, who filed the suit.
We tried several times to contact Samuels for comment. At one point she emailed, "Give me 10 mins." But we didn't hear from her again.
Samuels: Hi. Sesslielopez@gmail.com [FYI, the email address bounces back]. Or I can give her your info? She's not in the country until Wed so maybe then is better because she hasn't answered me about something else I asked her about. Also she asked about your personal life and I told her_whatever it is_-I'm sure you had it under control. Still waiting on Robinne's response.
Shaq: Sesslie aintdat fine whts robins last name
Samuels: You are so wrong! Robinne Lee_she's on Tyler Perry's show sometimes. Do you know Lauren London_I don't_but I know James Lassiter knows how to reach her. You ever dealt with her_is she cool? Sharon Leal??
Shaq: Loren is d wade's girl im not wrong sesslie aint my type u r
Samuels: What about Gabrielle and Dwyane?
Shaq: He gottem all I want u or rihanna
Samuels: Rihanna is too young_19-- she is just legal and you know I'm very chatty and you said you didn't like that!!!!!
Shaq: Yeah but I told u had a crush on me and u wouldnt chat about us i kn o u
Samuels: No_I'm chatty in a relationship_not to others. You just decided I had a crush on you huh?? When did you decide that?
Update: Dwyane Wade has Tweeted a denial of a romantic relationship with Lauren London.