Shaquille O’Neal Admits Son Myles Doesn’t Need His Money: “He Bought His Own Tesla Top of the Line by Himself”

Published 01/14/2022, 11:00 AM EST
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA: (L-R) Shareef O’Neal, Shaquille O’Neal, and Shaqir O’Neal attends 2019 NBA Awards at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)


Like many other NBA personalities, Shaquille O’Neal keeps his family close to himself. The Los Angeles Lakers legend made a good deal of money through his NBA contracts and investments. O’Neal has also helped his children remain successful in their lives. He recently revealed how one of his sons purchased an expensive car.

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O’Neal disclosed how his son, Myles O’Neal recently procured for himself a Tesla car. While speaking to ‘The Big Podcast with Shaq’, O’Neal revealed that Myles paid for his personal expenses through his modeling career. He admitted that Myles accomplished this task without the help of his rich father.

O’Neal said, “Look he makes a lot of money modeling, doing what he does. I can’t tell him what to do. You know, he just bought his won Tesla, top of the line Tesla, drives by itself. Did it on his own. No help from daddy. So I ain’t got no complaints, brother.

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NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 26: Shaquille O’Neal (center) with his family attends the “Uncle Drew” New York Premiere on June 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Myles is the son of Shaquille O’Neal’s ex-wife, Shaunie Nelson. O’Neal does not have a biological relationship with Myles, but has adopted him as one of his own children. O’Neal also has four other children through his marriage with Shaunie.

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Shaquille O’Neal and his son Myles O’Neal’s modeling career

Unlike Shaquille O’Neal, Myles has not followed in his footsteps to join the professional basketball world. Myles has set his own career path into modeling and also reality TV. He has modeled for brands like Givenchy, Michael Kors, Under Armour, and many other high-end fashion brands.

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Myles started his modeling career after receiving a breakthrough by modeling for ‘Dolce & Gabbana’. A gig with the fashion brand came in the form of starring in the brand’s Men’s Spring/Summer 2018 show in Milan. While Myles may not have followed his five-time NBA champion father’s footsteps, he has made a promising start in the fashion world.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the 'Greek Freak'.

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