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Shaq Under Investigation for Assault from 'Horseplay' Injury to TNT Co-Worker

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Atlanta police are currently investigating Shaquille O’Neal for assault, stemming from an incident on May 19, 2013 at Turner Studios in which one of his colleagues, Robert Williams, was injured. “(The co-worker) alleged Shaquille O’Neal tackled him to the ground causing injury to his back while they were at work at Turner Studios,” Sgt. Greg Lyon told Atlanta’s WSB-TV.

No charges have been filed as of yet. Shaq’s attorney released a statement saying that the unfortunate circumstances arose from “nothing more than horseplay” and that there was no intent to injure. “We understand that the physical attack by Shaquille O’Neal upon Mr. Robert Williams is under criminal investigation. Mr. Williams is presently recovering after surgery,” wrote Williams’ lawyer. “However, he does state emphatically, that the permanent injuries he received were not the result of participation in any form of ‘horseplay.'”

Per ESPN, Williams says that Turner security was made aware of the incident within a day of its happening.

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[Photo of Shaq horseplay with Andy Cohen via Getty Images]

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