Shaquille O’Neal Says He No Longer Wants To Be Considered A Celebrity: “Celebrities Are Crazy, They Really Are. Don’t Call Me That Anymore.”
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As a 15x All-Star, 14x All-NBA player and 4x NBA champion, Shaquille O’Neal is without a doubt one of the biggest names in basketball.
After retiring in 2011 and securing his place in NBA history, he became a very successful figure in the media and business world, investing his money in multiple projects, often behind the camera as a league analyst occurred.
Despite his fame, O’Neal doesn’t want to be considered a typical star. Instead, he insisted that fans no longer associate him with this “crazy” group.
“These celebrities are going insane and I don’t want to be one. I’m denouncing my fame today. I’m done with it, ”O’Neal told the New York Post.
“I don’t want to fall into that category. Celebrities are crazy, they really are. Don’t call me that anymore. These people are crazy about how they treat people, what they do, what they say. I’ve never been. I never want to be looked at like that. “
Shaq has always been a down to earth guy. Even after his success in the NBA and the business world, he has never really changed his lifestyle or attitude.
“Everyone’s probably stereotyped my whole life, but we celebrities get stereotyped because most of these celebrities are insane. I do not do that. I’m a normal person who listened, followed my dreams and made it, “he said.
I came out of nowhere. But just because I made it doesn’t mean I’m bigger than you, smarter than you – just because I have more money doesn’t mean I’m better than you. I’ve never been like this and never will be like that be. So I don’t want to belong in that category of people.
What do you say when you talk about Shaq? ‘He is a nice guy.’ Because what else can you be? Either you’re nice or you’re the A word and I’m definitely not considered the A word, ”he said.
“I want people to say, ‘Bro, he’s nice. He didn’t have an entourage. His people didn’t take my phone because I took a picture and threw it away.'”
The thing is, Shaq isn’t just talk. Over the years he has proven that he is selfless with his money, donating to specific causes and charities that he believes will make the world a better place.
Also, let’s not forget the time when he was paying for a random stranger’s engagement ring in the jewelry store.
“I saw a guy come up to him, he was just shy. He said, ‘Hey, how much do I have to pay my rent?’ I thought, ‘My husband, how much is the ring?’ I won’t say the amount, but it’s not enough for me. I do that every day. The other day my mother and I were buying furniture and this lady had an autistic daughter. She also wanted to pay for some furniture and I just took care of it, so I’m interested in making people happy. When I leave the house, I just try to do good. “
Today celebrities often keep themselves separate from the rest of the world and choose a life of luxury and ignorance.
There is nothing inherently wrong with this way of life, but it is also a life that “The Diesel” wants nothing to do with.