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Shaquille O’Neal Pays for Atlanta Stranger’s Engagement Ring

Synthia Stark of Shaquille O’Neal and the stranger as seen on @Shaqfu_radio

We all know who Shaquille O’Neal is. He’s one of the most famous basketball players of all time — to date, he has overpowered many opponents and has racked well over 28,596 points to be precise.

Recently, people have learned that he has a great heart of gold. You see, a video surfaced online that shows the famous Hall of Famer footing the bills for a stranger’s engagement ring at a Zales jewelry store in Atlanta, Georgia. by Michelle McEwen on Unsplash

Even though Shaquille O’Neal is retired, a lot of people don’t realize that Shaq is still out there, mostly as a profile sports commentator, but just like every other year, he’s been earning quite the reputation as someone who generates random acts of kindness onto others.

For example, in the past, Shaquille was quick to help out a distressed motorist after they had an accident on the freeway, and also in the past, he’s purchased a wheelchair-accessible home for the family of a cute little boy, who had the misfortune of becoming paralyzed from a stray bullet.

The 7-foot-tall giant was able to score big recently. He obliterated the layaway balance for a young man’s engagement ring. Shaq just happened to be around (to buy some loop earrings) and spotted the young man doing a bit of jewelry shopping as well.

Shaq overheard the conversation that conspired between the groom-to-be and the sales associate at Zales. The groom-to-be wanted to know how much money he still owed. Shaq came over and put the ring on his credit card.

The Shaq reportedly said this to others:

“I see the guy come in. He was just so shy, and he was saying, ‘Hey, how much do I owe to pay off my ring?’ I was like, ‘My man, how much is the ring?’”

He also reportedly said this too:

“He was a young kid, hardworking guy. ‘You know what? Tell your girlfriend I got it. Take care of her.’”

You can check out a clip surrounding the situation:

From the clip, you can see that Shaq entered Zales to purchase earrings, and hands the store associate his credit card without telling the young man (at first). It’s funny to see someone like Shaq at Zales, but honestly, he does have his own jewelry line with the retailer.

The young man was hesitant at first and wanted to put the ring on layaway, People are typically not used to being in these kinds of situations. I mean, this is a celebrity we are talking about here — and most people wouldn’t believe you if you told them that the famous Shaq paid off the balance on your ring. by Gift Habeshaw on Unsplash

It’s crazy to think the young man almost turned down the offer. In the end, Shaq managed to reassure him that it was a common thing for him to do and Shaq never takes no for an answer. 

What he specifically said was:

“Don’t worry about it. I do it all the time. I’m just trying to make people smile....that’s all.”

It’s great that people like Shaq are out there using their power and influence to make a difference in peoples’ lives. He’s already famous, so it’s not like Shaq is trying to become more famous. You can tell that he likes making people happy. 

Apparently, his goal is to always do at least 1 good deed each time he leaves the house. This time, he chose to help out a young man who happened to be in Atlanta, Georgia.

As Shaquille O’Neal once famously said:

 “Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.”

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