Shaquille O’Neal was known to have subdued his opponents and racked up points – 28,596 of them, to be exact – throughout his NBA career, but he also distributed assists off the field.
A video recently surfaced showing the Hall of Fame center paying the bill for a stranger’s engagement ring at a Zales jewelry store in the Atlanta area. As he explained on Tuesday’s edition of the “NBA on TNT,” O’Neal saw a man discussing payment options for the ring and decided to jump into the conversation.
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“I see the guy come in. He was so shy, and he was like, “Hey, how much do I owe to pay for my ring? Said O’Neal. “I was like, ‘Man, how much is the ring?'”
O’Neal, who entered the Zales in search of earrings, can be seen in the viral video handing a store associate his credit card to cover the cost, which O’Neal chose not to not disclose. (When TNT colleague and former Heat teammate Dwyane Wade joked that O’Neal was going to Zales, Shaq reminded him that he had his own jewelry line with the retailer.)
The man wanted to put the ring on hold, Shaq said, but the 15-time All-Star wouldn’t take no for an answer.
“He was like, ‘Dude, I can’t do this,’” O’Neal said. “I said, ‘Don’t worry about that. I do it all the time. “I’m just trying to make people smile. That’s it.”
Mission accomplished. Well done, big guy.