WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- There is "no need talking about recounts," according to Shaquille O'Neal.
The retired all-time great NBA center spoke Wednesday about President-elect Donald Trump and the controversy surrounding his election.
"We have a process that's been going on forever," O'Neal said, via The Hill. "And whoever wins, you just hope he does what he says he's going to do. You know, candidate Trump promised a lot of people a lot of things."
"Now that he's president-elect, you just hope that he can make the world a better place. He won fair and square. We have to give him a chance," added O'Neal. "There's no need talking about recounts and this and that."
Last month, O'Neal had similar comments while working with his crew at "NBA on TNT."
"I'm 45 years old and the world is more divided now than it's ever been," O'Neal said on TNT. "There's a lot of stuff going on. It's my hope and prayer that him as a leader of the free world brings people closer together."
"It's kind of hard to believe that a guy with no political experience is the president of the United States. That's just really hard to believe. And I agree with [Charles Barkley], we have to give him a chance to do his job. Candidate Trump made a lot of promises, now we just hope that President-elect Trump, soon to be President Trump, hopefully he can make this world a better place for us to live in. Everybody was in shock, but it's over and done. We live in a democracy. He won; he's the president; now we have to give him a chance."
O'Neal called Trump "a friend of mine" at an October press conference and has been rumored to be a supporter.
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"Donald Trump speaks to an eclectic type of audience," told reporters in October. "Donald is a friend of mine, I just think he says it wrong. If he could reword some of the things he says and put it in business form, it would really make sense."
"Donald is a straight-up guy."