Messing Around With Kangaroos in Australia, Shaquille O’Neal Scares the Soul Out of Unassuming Person

Published 08/29/2022, 9:00 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 23: Former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal laughs as he attends the unveiling of the Shaq Courts at the Doolittle Complex donated by Icy Hot and the Shaquille O’Neal Foundation in partnership with the city of Las Vegas on October 23, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Icy Hot)

Shaquille O’Neal seemed to have the time of his life in Australia. The NBA legend returned to the Down Under after more than two decades, once again to enjoy its rich heritage and culture. The big man’s trip, though, wasn’t just limited to that. In fact, he did it all. Shaq was recently seen hanging out with the kangaroos. And one could assume, Shaq being Shaq, he had to have some fun there as well.

The Lakers’ legend was feeding the kangaroos with his friends when he decided to frighten the living soul out of one of his buddies. The big man crept up behind his friend as he was recording a kangaroo eating food from his hand. Shaq, amusingly, just gave a little to brush his friend’s back, causing him to squirm with fear.


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Seeing that man’s sudden movement even had the kangaroo munching in peace jump. Shaq’s friend tossed the last of the food on the ground and backed up for his life. He was fortunate that the kangaroo did not react in fury, considering they have such powerful legs that a kick may break one in half.

Well, Shaq probably did not consider that. Rather, he intended to have his friend jump higher than the kangaroo, which he did. His friend, though, learned the hard way that when you’re with Shaq, you got to watch your back.

Why was Shaquille O’Neal in Australia?

Shaquille O’Neal landed in Australia last Tuesday, and announced his arrival, tweeting, “I’m here in the land down undaa (under).” The 7-foot-1 giant, who made everyone in the Oz look small, had a fun-packed schedule for his visit.


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His initial day in Australia kicked off by doing some interviews in which he discussed his career and life. Shaq also did a couple of meet-and-greets with fans.

Following that, Shaq’s alter-ego, DJ Diesel, kicked in. The Aussies got a chance to jump to his beats as on Wednesday night, he performed at the 170 Russell in Melbourne. On Thursday, he held an event called “An Evening with Shaquille O’Neal” at the Margaret Court Center. He then traveled to Sydney the next day for another event at The Star Centre.

Then on Saturday came the big day. Shaq met Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney to discuss the government’s Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum.

Following a wonderful meeting and press conference where Shaq expressed his love for Australia, his next day started with modern sensation, Hasbulla Magomedov.

A modern-day David against Goliath showdown, which took place on a yacht, had everyone on the internet in hysterics. Shaq even ate a right hook from Hasbulla as the Russian nearly knocked out the NBA legend.


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Following a day of having fun and blessing people with their hilarious collaboration, the two individuals lay exhausted.


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Shaquille O’Neal made the most of his visit to Australia. He continues to make millions of people smile by living and enjoying his life to the utmost.



Ritvik Malhotra

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Ritvik is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication from Amity University, Ritvik has finally got his foot in the door as a professional sports writer. He previously interned at another media house where he authored over 150 soccer articles, but he is now writing about his primary obsession, basketball.

Edited By: Melroy Fernandes