Utah lawmakers have made it known that they have Donovan Mitchell’s back following veiled criticism sent his way by former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal A.K.A Shaq.
Shaq predictably got on the wrong side of Jazz fans after claiming the point guard didn’t have what it takes to be a superstar during a halftime break last week, prompting an awkward postgame interview between the two.
On Tuesday, said lawmakers passed a satirical resolution that makes fun of Shaq’s famously poor free-throw shooting, his Kazaam movie, and the Shaq-Fu video game.
“In Utah, we support our players when they face awkward abuse during post-game interviews disguised as pep talks,” the resolution said, per ESPN.
In addition, the motion says O’Neal’s claim that Mitchell “doesn’t have what it takes to get to the next level is even less accurate than his 50.4% playoff free-throw percentage,” also highlighting Kazaam‘s 5% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The resolution was introduced by Utah Republican state Rep. Kera Birkeland, who wore a referee jersey. House Speaker Brad Wilson donned a Mitchell jersey as he suggested making the guard the official state arachnid, given his “Spida” nickname.