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White House Visit: Not a Slam Dunk

Shaquille O'Neal (AP Photo/Matt York, file)

Fame doesn't open every door. On Sunday, Shaquille O'Neal tried -- and failed -- to crash the White House without an appointment. The NBA star, in town for Monday night's WWE Raw wrestling extravaganza, announced his plan Friday on our colleague Mike Wise's radio show: "I jump out of a cab in front of the White House, I don't use none of my political-law enforcement connections. If I go to the gate and say, 'Hey, I'm in town, I would like to see the president,' do I get in, or do I not get in?" Not. On Sunday afternoon, he wrote on Twitter, "The white house wouldn't let me in, whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?" Because there are rules -- even for you, Shaq. We caught up with O'Neal last night backstage at Raw (more on this Wednesday), where he told us he had a bet going with a friend about his gate-crashing skills; he lost, and so he will have to do 1,000 push-ups. "Yeah, they were nice," he said of the front-gate folks. "They said, 'Sorry, we can't do it.' "

By The Reliable Source  |  July 28, 2009; 1:02 AM ET
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