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Shaq Sued for $5.6M by Promotions Company

February 22, 2004

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Shaquille O’Neal is being sued by a Tampa Bay promotions company for allegedly reneging on an agreement to participate in charity events.

Paramount Celebrity Management filed suit Friday in Orange County Circuit Court for more than $5.6 million.

``Had he showed, this would’ve been an annual event,″ Robert N. Reynolds, the attorney representing Paramount, said Saturday.

Messages left with O’Neal’s representatives in Los Angeles were not returned Saturday. The Lakers refer non-basketball inquiries to the player’s representatives.

At the time, O’Neal’s representatives told the Lakers he was hospitalized in Orlando with a 103-degree temperature the night before the events began.

This is the second suit filed against O’Neal this month. A Daytona Beach Harley-Davidson dealership claims O’Neal refused to pay for a custom-made motorcycle.

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