Friday, November 11th, 2011 at 9:15 am  |  34 responses

Author: Shaquille O’Neal’s Dad Physically Abused Him Growing Up

So far, everything we’ve read about Shaq’s new book has been largely entertaining, if debatable. But the latest revelation, courtesy of author Jackie MacMullen, is no laughing matter. Per USA Today: “[Jackie] MacMullen described the abuse and the methods of O’Neal’s father Phillip Harrison who she says ‘beat the living daylights out of him at every turn. We’re not talking about spanking. We’re talking about a belt. Beating him badly. Something that disturbed his mother greatly. Of course, Shaq’s mom and his dad aren’t together any more. I think that’s in part why. Sarge was a military guy, that’s how his father raised him, and that’s how he was going to raise his son.’ MacMullen, who relates a story about Harrison punching O’Neal in the face said Shaq does not blame his father. ‘Shaq said, ‘He never hit me without cause, if it weren’t for him I’d be in prison right now because I was a wise guy, and I did the wrong things, and I was caught up with the wrong kids….I understand why he did it. I love him. I would never do it to my own kids.’”

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  • Zabbah

    Well I’ll be.

  • ripslam

    Old news, but still pretty disturbing.

  • Yesse

    That’s really f**ked up. I don’t think he had the balls to abuse him anymore after he grew to 7 feet. He was probably scared to death, lol.

  • Riggs

    Belt whipping is standard practice (and belts arent that big of a deal compared to a tree whip) but straight up decking your kid is just psychopathic.

  • Kilo

    One the belt he gets a pass. But to slug the kid is nuts. And he was probaly hitting O’Neal all over the place with the belt.

  • EtheKnickFan

    Belting your kid……..teaches them how to duck. Very valuable lesson.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    ^^Ahhh the tree whip, I still have flashbacks. It seems like Shaq handled the abuse well if there is such a thing as handling abuse. He alwasy speaks highly of his father and really gives him most of the credit for him becoming a great basketball player. But you should never close your fist to your kid.

  • Nguyen-Luan

    That is his stepfather he is talking about right?

  • Red Star


  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    If done appropriately, parenting should never need to come to physical violence. I grew up fearing my parents would be disappointed in me. That kept me straight. Your kids should not want to embarrass you by screwing around. If taught correctly your child will never need you to bring violence into a situation. His dad wasn’t around much though so it’s hard to blame him for not bringing up a better boy. You gotta be around to raise kids.

  • Riggs

    @Lakeshow: I think kids who are given a “time out” in the corner are the ones who come out messed up.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Yeah, that’s his stepfather.
    Biological father was never in the picture.

  • T-Money

    belt ain’t no thang. but punching your kid in the face is…

  • http://Slamonline.com rocksinmypants

    Boohoo. My biological dad wasn’t around either and my step dad would just beat the living sh1t out of me for any little thing. And while you do appreciate them being there to raise you you don’t appreciate that. No kid should get beat. A spanking ok but not beat. Anyways his knees are all messed up now and he can barely walk. So thank you Karma. Lol

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-bear

    @ Riggs: What exactly constitutes “messed up” in your mind? You really believe kids who are belted will turn out better than kids who aren’t? …

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Who said anything about a corner anyway?…

  • Chukaz

    Considering the fact that Shaq is only like 5 years younger than my father i’m not shocked his father beat him with a belt. My grandpa was never big on beating his kids but his brothers were. Didn’t your own teacher use to beat you in those days?

  • Zabbah

    My teachers used to beat the crap out of my when i was a kid but that’s because i grew up in saudi arabia. the only ones that didn’t were the teachers from the UK. they were awesome and only 95% of the time i’d act like an ass in their class.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    I think it depends on the child to be honest. My mom used to beat/spank me and my sisters. Not everyday, or for minor things but when she thought we were really messing up and I think the fear of getting beat kept me out of a lot of trouble. Some kids respond to it positively while others may lash out. Its up to the parent to figure out what will work. But parenting is not an exact science, there’s no one “correct” way to raise a child.

  • blakos

    There is no surefire way to parenting. But beating your kid with a belt or closed fist is not on. A smack round the bum maybe when you are younger.

  • http://Www.dimemag.com Royal

    Cosign dfrance… I used to get my butt whipped on regular during my childhood( at one point I got a whooping every single day for about a month straight) and It helped make me become the disciplined young black man I am today( in college, no kids,don’t smoke,don’t drink, no arrests). But my brother on the other hand has only got spanked a handful of times( only got grounded) and he is an extremely well-rounded disciplined person.Different forms of discipline are effective.

  • http://Www.dimemag.com Royal

    I don’t see anything wrong with whipping a child with a belt (on his/her butt or hand only though)

  • John Starks

    Dfrance is correct. Theres no correct sciene to parenting.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Maybe once^ To many parents use physical punishment as a means of getting their anger out rather than to help the child. If your beating your child because they pissed you off, then you’ve got issues. If your whipping your kid because you want whats best for them and that’s what they respond best to, then it’s at least slightly better. I don’t think that it is always bad to physically assault your child. Maybe if that’s the only thing they understand. But they should be raised to listen to what you say because they respect you, not because they fear you.

  • http://360special.blogspot.com/ dev0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJjf9nkxB_8 at 4:05

    Mike: Why do you take it from this guy?

    Monstars: Because he’s bigger… than we used to be!

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    I never got belted and I turned out fine.

  • That Dude

    ^ Define “fine”

  • Marco

    Royal you are civilization’s terminus.
    I really can’t believe your 4.43 comment

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I got “beat” with a belt. It was called a whipping and it is normal in many black families.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    When I got too old for belts my pops put his hands on me too. I never felt abused even if I didn’t like it. If you gonna act like a man you gonna get hit like one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/#!/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Of course my dad has whipped me with a belt before, but it wasn’t really the way he abused me that gets to me today, it’s the way he abused my mom

  • Breezy

    Punching your kid in the face is physical abuse tho.

  • Justin

    Wait a second Allenp. You’re black? lol Sorry, couldn’t resist

  • http://Www.dimemag.com Royal

    Lakeshow: My father never spanked me out of anger… The worst things I did to him when I was younger was scratching in (with keys) the ABC’s on the passengers side door on his new ,at the time, Ford Explorer and stealing 100 dollars from his wallet and using the money to buy ice cream for my entire fourth grade class . In both of those instances my father didn’t spank me……I’ve asked him why he didn’t spank me in those instances and he responded , ” Son I have never spanked you out of anger.”