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“If Mama Starts Thinking You’re Playing Around..”: Divorced Shaquille O’Neal Warns Joe Burrow Over Internet Trend That Even Had Paige Spiranac Going Gaga

Published 02/01/2023, 4:10 PM EST

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Joe Burrow has turned out to be a sensational quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals so far in the NFL. Coming off a promising season, Burrow has also been in the headlines for his rapidly growing popularity among the ladies. The unbelievable fondness for Burrow among women has led to a popular internet trend where fans have shown their love for the Bengals quarterback. However, Shaquille O’Neal recently warned Joe Burrow about the online trend that has left even social media influencer Paige Spiranac losing her mind.

Joe Burrow is quickly becoming the favorite sports celebrity among women on the internet. Even golf sensation Page Spiranac, who has 3.7 million followers on Instagram, expressed her admiration for Burrow by deeming him a ‘girlfriend stealer’. However, Shaquille O’Neal, who got divorced from ex-wife Shaunie Henderson nearly twelve years ago, had a different take on Burrow’s popularity on the internet.

Shaquille O’Neal gives invaluable advice to Joe Burrow


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In a recent episode of The Big Podcast, Shaquille O’Neal and co-hosts Nischelle Turner and Spice Adams had a conversation about the internet trend involving Joe Burrow. Spice Adams revealed that Burrow was in a long-distance relationship with his girlfriend. Subsequently, the NFL legend asked Shaquille O’Neal about what Burrows could do to ‘thin the ladies’, given that he was already in a relationship.

The four-time NBA champ replied, “Joe! Cancel your Instagram and make sure mama don’t look at it either. Gotta keep your house strong! Because if Mama starts to see that and mama starts to think you are playing around, it only goes downhill from there. So, don’t even look at the gram, keep Mama happy and make sure mama’s not on it either.”


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The Lakers legend advised Joe Burrow to keep a low profile online and focus on keeping his girlfriend happy. Shaq believed that internet trends could end up creating misunderstandings between them, which are hard to resolve once they come into existence.


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Meanwhile, Nischelle Turner suggested Joe Burrow’s girlfriend should understand the reality that she would have to somewhat share him with the world due to his popularity. But at the same time, Nischelle advised her to keep her boundaries strong.

Who is Joe Burrow’s girlfriend?

Joe Burrow is currently dating Ohio State University graduate Olivia Holzmacher. She has been working as a senior process specialist and analyst for a supermarket company since 2019. Moreover, Holzmacher and Burrow have been dating since August 2017 after their first meeting at Ohio State.


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However, the Bengals QB had to move away to LSU to represent the Tigers. Still, the 25-year-old has supported Burrow through his journey to making it to the NFL and continues to stay by his side.



Rohit Kumawat

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Rohit Kumawat is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing an MBA in Media and Business Management, Rohit holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has been working as a Sports and Entertainment writer for over a year.

Edited By: Satagni Sikder