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Shaquille O’Neal on paying for stranger’s engagement ring: ‘I am simply making an attempt to make folks smile’

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Shaquille O’Neal was identified for overpowering opponents and racking up factors — 28,596 of them, to be precise — all through his NBA profession, however he has additionally handed out some terrific assists off the court docket.

A video not too long ago surfaced displaying the Corridor of Fame heart footing the invoice for a stranger’s engagement ring at an Atlanta-area Zales jewellery retailer. As he defined throughout Tuesday’s version of the “NBA on TNT,” O’Neal noticed a person discussing fee choices for the ring and determined to leap into the dialog. 

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“I see the man are available in. He was simply so shy, and he was saying, ‘Hey, how a lot do I owe to repay my ring?'” O’Neal stated. “I used to be like, ‘My man, how a lot is the ring?'”

O’Neal, who entered the Zales seeking to buy earrings, might be seen within the viral video handing a retailer affiliate his bank card to cowl the associated fee, which O’Neal selected to not disclose. (When TNT colleague and former Warmth teammate Dwyane Wade joked about O’Neal going to Zales, Shaq reminded him that he has his personal jewellery line with the retailer.)

The person needed to place the ring on layaway, Shaq stated, however the 15-time All-Star would not take no for a solution.

“He was like, ‘Man, I am unable to do it,'” O’Neal stated. “I stated, ‘Don’t be concerned about it. I do it on a regular basis.’ I am simply making an attempt to make folks smile. That is all.”

Mission achieved. Nicely achieved, massive fella.

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