Friday , Oct , 31 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Jermaine O’Neal Responds to Hecklers

In the City of Brotherly Love, they smelled blood. So the peanut gallery piped up. And O’Neal heard every barbed word.

"They were talking about how I didn’t have it anymore … I wasn’t in the game … I make X amount of money," said O’Neal, who will make about $21 million (U.S.) this season.

O’Neal didn’t ignore the blather. He turned around and faced the trash talk. "I said to ‘em, ‘Okay, hold on,’” O’Neal would tell it later. “I said, ‘I’ll be in the game in just a second.’”