Shaquille O’Neal Once Spent an Outrageous Amount to Beat Mike Tyson – “I Wasn’t Gonna Let Him Outdo Me. So I Bought Two. Six Hundred Thousand Going Down the Drain”

Published 12/22/2021, 3:00 PM EST

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Many regard Shaquille O’Neal as one of the best centers of all time. He had a successful NBA career and won four championships with two different teams. However, not just on the court, Shaq is having a successful career off it. He is a successful businessman and has many investments that have reaped benefits over the years.

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Shaq‘s net worth, according to CelebrityNetWorth, is $400 million. Off that he has earned around $292 million from just salaries themselves. With so much wealth at his disposal, he also likes to spend his money on various luxuries.

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Shaq likes cars and currently has one of the biggest fleets among the NBA stars. However, there is a story of him spending a huge sum of money on cars in a single day. Shaq once spent thousands of dollars on cars trying to outdo Mike Tyson.

Shaquille O’Neal admits spending hundred-thousands with Mike Tyson

An interview of Shaquille O’Neal has resurfaced, where he talked about his unusual spending. Shaq revealed that once he bought two Rolls Royces with Mike Tyson for $600k.

“One time, me and Tyson was in the Rolls-Royce dealership and Tyson bought three. And I wasn’t gonna buy three, but I wasn’t gonna let him outdo me,” Shaq said“So I bought two. Six hundred thousand going down the drain. I had it, but Lester called me like ‘hey, gotta stop this’ so.”

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Shaq has an exotic car collection. He likes his cars customized as they’re best to fit in his 7 feet 1-inch body in the frame. He started with a Ford Bronco II when he became the Rookie of the Year in 1993.

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His current fleet of cars includes Cadillac Eldorado, Ferrari 355 F1 Spider, Chevrolet Express G1500, Cadillac Escalade, Bentley Azure, Arnage, and Continental GT, Mercedes S550 Convertible, Lamborghini Gallardo, Dodge Challenger R/T, Polaris Slingshot, Vanderhall Venice Roadster, Rolls-Royce Cullinan, and Nikola Badger.

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That’s a lot of cars, but for Shaq, it is his love for customized cars. As they say, ‘Hoop dreams do come true’.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.
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