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He fell hard, and it was spectacular.
If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, it may or may not make a sound. There’s no way of knowing for sure.
But when a 7’1″ NBA legend takes a tumble on a nationally televised halftime show watched by millions, the sound and hilarity it creates become very hard to deny.
In this clip from Wednesday night’s NBA on TNT, an off-screen Shaquille O’Neal inexplicably falls face-first onto the floor from a raised platform, his feet entangled in wires. It was so bizarre and unexpected—one of his shoes even came off!—that O’Neal immediately (and jokingly) came to the conclusion that his co-host tied the equipment around his leg when he wasn’t looking.
It really doesn’t add up. How does this happen?
The wire entwined around his leg appears to be from a microphone setup, which sort of makes sense, but how it got attached to a monitor is certainly a head-scratcher.
O’Neal took a hard hit in a way only a 325-pound retired pro athlete can—like a champ. He even went on Twitter and started a contest.
You heard the man. Get crackin’!
Screengrab via G4NBAVideos/YouTube
Jam Kotenko is a technology reporter and graphic designer who specializes in coverage of Instagram, Facebook, and other social media apps. Her work has been published by Digital Trends, Bustle, and Gotta Be Mobile.