David Beckham has had a tough couple of weeks.
First, he was fined by Major League Soccer for an altercation with a fan where he called the guy down to field level (from behind a bunch of LA riot police). Then the next week in Kansas City, he got into it with an opposition fan. This week, he's got bigger problems.
Shaquille O'Neal is calling out the English soccer star with a challenge.
The Big Aristotle fancies himself a bit of a soccer player, and wants Beckham to try and score on him - which could be tough, given his seven-foot-one, 325-pound frame.
O'Neal will be seen playing a lot of sports other than basketball in the coming months, with his new reality show, called Shaq Vs., debuting in mid-August. In an effort to get Beckham to take part, Diesel made the challenge in a series of "tweets" from his Twitter account.
Here's The_Real_Shaq's tweet chronology:
July 23: "Dear david beckham, I kno u heard about my shaq vs show, anyway u will never score a goal on me, I challenge you lil man"
July 24: "David beckham I kno u hear me, dnt be scared, dnt make me call u out, u will never score a goal on me"
July 25: "Dear david beckham, dnt make me tweet to 2 million people that yur scared of shaq, u betta respnd, if u scared get a dog"
July 29: "Its official, today is david beckham is scared of shaq, day, he should b scared, he can never score a goal on me"
Will Beckham accept the challenge? Can Shaq actually stop a Beckham penalty kick? These are the pressing questions that we may never know the answer to.
One question involving Shaq that WAS answered last week was: Can Shaquille O'Neal show up at the front door of the White House and get in?
The answer is no. The Cavaliers centre was guest hosting WWE's Raw in Washington last week and had a bet going with one of his handlers that he could show up unannounced and get in.
The rules were simple: Shaq couldn't use any of his political connections, he couldn't show a badge, he couldn't call anybody - he just had to walk up and give it a shot.
According to the D.C. Sports Bog, the guys at the gate said "Shaq, we can't do it," after which he tweeted "the white house wouldn't let me in, whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy."
For losing the bet, Shaq owes his buddy 1,000 pushups. Well, at least he knows! I wonder if President Obama was even home...