NBA greatshaquille O’Neal was recently at an Atlanta-area jewelry store and ended up buying an engagement ring – but it wasn’t so he could offer it to anyone. who. The former Laker saw a man buy a ring and offered to buy it.
The gesture was filmed and the video quickly went viral. Shaq is seen sneakily pulling out his credit card and handing it over to the store clerk as the stranger prepares to pay. The two shook hands and posed for a photo afterwards.
The basketball star turned sports commentator opened up about the giveaway during the NBA’s after-show on TNT on Tuesday night. “It happened yesterday. I was in Zales looking for new earrings, and saw a guy,” Shaq told his co-hosts.
After a few jokes about the family lobby still doing its own shopping, Shaq told his co-hosts what happened next. “I saw the guy, he was so shy. He was like, ‘Hey, how much do I owe to pay for the ring. “”
That’s when Shaq stepped in and offered to cover him up.
“It’s something I do every day,” Shaq said, adding that he and his mother were recently shopping for furniture and offered to pay for a mother who had a daughter with autism. “I want to make people happy. So every time I leave the house I just try to,” he said.
Shaq said the man who bought the ring was a “young boy, a hardworking guy” and the ring was on hold. “I said, ‘You know what, tell your girlfriend I have it. Take care of her.’ And at first he didn’t want to take it, ”Shaq said. He told the man not to worry, he does it all the time.
“I’m just trying to make people smile,” he says.