Shaquille O’Neal Shocked as His Son Set to Appear in Reality Show: “I Wish He Would Have Told Me So I Don’t Have to Hear It Here First”

Published 01/14/2022, 8:00 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)


Shaquille O’Neal built a career in the NBA for himself that guaranteed him worldwide fame. After his retirement, he forayed into the media world to engage with NBA fans. The added media attention on O’Neal also focused on his family members. O’Neal recently reacted with shock to news about his son.

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While speaking on ‘The Big Podcast with Shaq’ O’Neal’s co-hosts revealed that Myles O’Neal would appear on a reality TV show. O’Neal displayed surprise as he disclosed that he remained unaware of his son’s new show. The show named ‘Relatively Famous: Ranch Rules’ will feature eight celebrity offspring who will live together and work as ranch hands for four weeks in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

O’Neal said, “What? Which one? Miles is the cunning smart one, he’s the type that. Like I said, ‘Go to school, stay out of trouble, you can do everything you want.’ So I don’t mess with him because he’s damn near the perfect kid.”

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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)

He added saying, “So if he wants to do a reality show, learn about the business, have a good time, there’s nothing I can do. He’s been around the business long enough to know what he’s doing. So I wish he would have told me, so I don’t have to hear it here first. No, I didn’t know.”

Myles works as both a model and DJ. The 24-year-old has made appearances on reality TV shows previously. He appeared in ‘Shaq Life’, ‘Shaunie’s Home Court’ and other shows.

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Shaquille O’Neal and his children

Shaquille O’Neal has six children. His children include Taahirah, 25, Myles, 24 Shareef, 22, Amirah, 20, Shaqir, 18, and Me’arah, 15 years old. Shareef, an aspiring NBA player, is a college basketball player for the LSU Tigers.

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Shaqir O’Neal on the other hand is a college basketball player for the Texas Southern Tigers. Amirah left LSU and currently plays for the Texas Southern University. While Shaquille O’Neal enjoyed a successful NBA career, it remains to be seen if his children can follow in their father’s footsteps.

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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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