In the credits of Shaquille O’Neal’s reality show "Shaq Vs.," which premiered on ABC Tuesday night, Shaq’s former Phoenix Suns teammate Steve Nash was listed as an executive producer.
Why? According to the Arizona Republic, the idea for the show was Nash’s, not O’Neal’s.
When Shaq joined the Suns in February 2008, Nash told him about a reality show he wanted to do in which Nash would challenge professional athletes in their own sport, the Republic says. When Shaq got ABC to greenlight his show, Nash recognized the concept as his own, hired a lawyer and got credit and compensation, according to the newspaper.
–Allison J. Waldman