Shaquille O'Neal Denies Hacking Charge

Paul Lilly

If you're an NBA fan, then you've undoubtedly heard of the 'hack-a-Shaq' method of playing defense, but have you ever heard of Shaq the hacker?

Otherwise known as The Big Diesel, The Big Cactus, and more recently The Big Shamrock (who, incidentally, will help the Boston Celtics reign in their 18th Championship -- that's right, this editor's calling it), Shaquille O'Neal stands accused of hacking into a computer and trying to frame former employee Shawn Darling for possessing child porn, the Boston Herald reports .

The 15-page complaint alleges Shaq committed a number of crimes, including dumping his iMac in a lake behind his house to destroy evidence, breaking into the voice mail of a mistress to erase messages and change her password, hacking into Darling's voice mail, and using his law enforcement connections to frame Darling for multiple crimes.

"Mr. O'Neal has made it crystal clear that he will never respond to these outrageous tactics," Shaq's legal team said in a statement. "As a result, Darling filed a lawsuit which seeks only to embarrass, harass, and extract money from Mr. O'Neal."

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