Shaquille O’Neal is one of the few names who has been prominent for decades. The former LA Lakers center has remained relevant in the basketball community despite retiring from the league 11 years ago.
Despite exploiting various other passions, including acting and being an electronic disc jockey, he has remained a strong voice in the league. His attitude and opinion are still very newsworthy as he continues to play an integral role in the game’s medial ending.
He has often described himself as a regular guy who doesn’t pay much attention to his status as a celebrity. The 15-time All-Star has always been about doing things on a regular basis, oblivious to the fact that he’s one of the tallest people to play basketball.
In an interview with Taylor Rooks for Bleacher Report, Shaquille O’Neal was asked who he is if he’s not a basketball legend.
The four-time NBA champion described himself as a “normal guy” and revealed that he denounced his status as a celebrity six months ago. He also stated that he doesn’t want to be associated with them as they are very disrespectful and disrespectful of people.
“Shaq is a normal guy. I quit my celebrity a year and a half ago,” O’Neal said. They’re disrespectful, they step on people, they look down on people. That’s not what I do.”
Shaquille O’Neal enjoys giving back to society
<img class="lazy-img" width="1920" height="1279" data-img="https://staticg.sportskeeda.com/editor/2022/05/76033-16525581059212-1920.jpg" alt="NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal (R) and son Shareef attend the college basketball game between the Arizona Wildcats and the Sacred Heart Pioneers at McKale Center on November 18, 2016 in Tucson, Arizona." data-img-low="https://staticg.sportskeeda.com/editor/2022/05/76033-16525581059212-1920.jpg" src="data:image/svg+xml,”/>NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal (R) and son Shareef attend the college basketball game between the Arizona Wildcats and the Sacred Heart Pioneers at the McKale Center November 18, 2016 in Tucson, Arizona.
The 7″1 center has always had a knack for giving back to society in any way he can. He explained in the Bleacher Report interview that he always thinks of 50 people before he thinks of himself.
Shaquille O’Neal has been in the news several times for his good deeds and non-celebrity behavior. The big man with a big heart has shown great kindness to people on numerous occasions, regardless of the circumstances.
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His random acts of kindness include “Shaqsgiving,” where he gives away turkeys to families during Thanksgiving, and “Shaq-A-Claus,” where he gives away toys to children. He makes it his duty to pick up someone’s bill whenever they find themselves in a mall.
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Earlier this year, he saw a sulky boy at the counter who had insulted his father and offered to get him two pairs of shoes, clearing the father’s tongue from a coat and socks. He had also paid off the debt of a young man who had bought an engagement ring for his fiancé. In a furniture store, Shaquille O’Neal and his wife paid the bills for a mother who said she had an autistic daughter.
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