Shaquille O’Neal on Single-Handedly Providing for His Family: ”College Needs to Be Paid For, Let the Godfather Do It. Need a New Car? Let the Godfather Do It.”

Published 01/10/2022, 1:30 PM EST
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 06: Shaquille O’Neal appears to promote “Toys for Tots” during the AOL BUILD Series at AOL HQ on December 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)


Apart from being one of the best players to ever play in the NBA, Shaquille O’Neal has many other admirable qualities. Being a good father and a kind person are some of them. Shaq’s acts of kindness, him helping strangers are hugely popular on the internet. His various charity ventures also earn him a lot of praise.

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Shaquille O’Neal got emotional as he talked about his stepfather and how he shaped him into being a better father in an episode of ‘Life of Shaq’. After the death of his father, Shaq decided to single handedly take care of everyone in the family.

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Shaquille O’Neal on providing for his family

Being the head of the family, Shaq has taken it upon himself to make sure he provides for them. In the web series, Shaq tells everyone that he will forever be grateful to his stepfather and his teachings which include making sure Shaq takes care of the family.

Shaquille O’Neal mentioned, “College needs to be paid for, let the Godfather do it. You need a new car? Let the Godfather do it. And thats my job.”

The narrator added, “With his stepfather gone, Shaq feels it’s his duty to provide for the family.” This is evident from Shaq’s actions, as he makes sure nobody in the family has any problems whatsoever.

Shaq’s parenting methods

Although Shaq can be seen providing for everyone, that does not mean he serves everything on a platter for his children. Despite having resources in surplus, O’Neal has some rules which his kids need to follow.

For Shaq, having a good education is very important. And if any of his children want some of his money, they need to get degrees first.

This parenting method by Shaquille O’Neal had garnered huge praises. He has set an example for other celebrity parents in the world on how to make sure children learn the value of hardwork.

What is O’Neal’s net worth?

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Providing for the entire family is not a problem if someone has an impressive net worth like Shaquille O’Neal. He has a net worth of about $400 million. He earned around $292 million in salaries alone and another $200 million in endorsements during his playing days.

CANNES, FRANCE – JUNE 20: Shaquille O’Neal speaks onstage during the Turner session at the Cannes Lions Festival 2018 on June 20, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/Getty Images for Cannes Lions)

Although he has retired long ago, he still earns around $60 million yearly. Most of it comes from his association with TNT and their Inside the NBA show. Various business ventures also add their fair share to Shaquille O’Neal’s net worth.

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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.

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