Shaquille O’Neal is many things. He’s an NBA legend and champion, an entertaining basketball commentator, and – based on a recent event – a pretty nice guy.
According to a report from CNN, O’Neal decided to make a young man’s day by paying off the debt the young man owed on an engagement ring. The NBA legend was photographed in Atlanta, Georgia, paying off the ring for the future married man.
According to the CNN report, Shaquille O’Neal was in the store browsing and noticed the young man. So, he asked how much his fellow shopper still needed to pay on the engagement ring. Turns out, the ring was on layaway. Shaq reportedly talked about paying off the ring for the young man during an appearance on NBA on TNT.
“This is something I do every day,” O’Neal said on the program. “I’m into making people happy. So, whenever I leave the house I just try to do a good deed.”
According to Shaq, the young man first denied his offer to pay off the ring. And, who could blame him? He was probably shocked that one of the most famous sports figures in recent decades was standing before him – and wanting to do a good deed for him.
“At first, he didn’t want to take it,” O’Neal recounted on NBA on TNT. “He said, no, I can’t do it. I said, don’t worry about it. I do it all the time.”
A video clip from the jewelry store shared by CNN shows the young man thanking Shaquille O’Neal and shaking hands with him. How cool is that? Nice job, Shaq! Goodness knows we could all use a little good news these days!
You can watch the CNN report about Shaquille O’Neal paying off the engagement ring below.
Fans React to Shaq’s Good Deed
By paying off that engagement ring, Shaquille O’Neal didn’t just make that one person happy. He also spread joy to others. And, fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the CNN story and praise Shaq for spreading good will.
“If you are ever sad, just consider how old the planet is and that you got to be here the same time as Shaq,” one fan said.
“Shaq is THE MAN!! Such a sweet gentle kind man, a great roll model. And congrats to the lucky couple!!” another fan shared on Twitter.
“Sometimes your best plays are off the playing field….big man and even bigger heart…regards from Peru,” one international fan said.
Shaquille O’Neal Exchanges Tweets with NASCAR Star Bubba Wallace Regarding Possible Future Project
When he’s not out doing good deeds for random people, Shaquille O’Neal is often interacting with other celebrities and fellow athletes. One of his more recent interactions was with NASCAR star Bubba Wallace. The two traded several tweets last month.
What makes their exchange interesting is that it alluded to a possible collaboration between O’Neal and Wallace!
O’Neal reportedly tweeted this to Wallace: “Bubba, what’s happening? Reach out. I got a project for us.” Unsurprisingly, Wallace responded with excitement. “What’s good? I’m all ears,” Wallace said.
Who knows what Shaq and Bubba might come up with. Whatever it is, it will most likely be very entertaining.