Shaquille O’Neal, Who Once Confessed “It’s Good” If Teachers Hit His Kids, Admits Violence From Father After NBA Star Died of Drug Abuse

Published 07/02/2022, 9:00 PM EDT
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)

Shaquille O’Neal once again revealed how his father, Sergeant Phillip Arthur Harrison, used to discipline him in his early years using more traditional parenting methods. In fact, Shaq has underlined on multiple occasions the vital role his father played in keeping him on the right path to success. Shaquille O’Neal has shared many stories on several occasions about how Sergeant Harrison’s often violent parenting methods kept him away from the path of delinquency.

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Shaquille O’Neal possesses different beliefs from most people on a variety of subjects. As a matter of fact, his unique experiences in life have transformed his perspective on a lot of things. One of them is disciplining children.

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Shaq often advocates for traditional methods to teach a child, which includes teachers putting their hands on students if need be. He derives this philosophy from his personal life. In fact, Shaq couldn’t stress enough the role his father’s beatings played in making him one of the most successful athletes in the history of the world.

Shaquille O’Neal talks about his father’s disciplining tactics

Shaquille O’Neal revealed how his father used to beat him for other people’s mistakes. So that he would never dare repeat them. “So every time somebody did something crazy, I got a whopping,said the Big Diesel.

Meanwhile, the Lakers legend shared what his father did after the NBA star Len Bias passed away from a drug overdose. “My father came in and tore me a new one,” he added.

LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: Shaquille O’Neal (R) of the Los Angeles Lakers is congratulated by his father Philip Harrison (L) after the Lakers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 106-88 in Game Two of the NBA Western Conference first round play-offs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA 26 April, 2001. O’Neal was the high scorer with 32 points as the Lakers take a 2-0 lead in the series. AFP PHOTO/ Vince BUCCI (Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP via Getty Images)

In fact, the Big Man quoted his father saying, “If you ever do coke, I’ll kill you“. Shaq was much younger at the time. As a result, he naively replied, “I don’t do Coke, I drink Pepsi“.

The entire room burst into laughter after hearing Shaq’s innocent reply. But his father didn’t have a similar response. In fact, the Big Man had to endure a lot of pain for his naivete.

Shaq talks about the importance of making mistakes

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Shaquille O’Neal emphasized that it’s important in life to make mistakes. Because you can’t progress towards success without trying different ways first.

However, it is equally important to learn from your previous mistakes. Additionally, Shaq also advised young people to listen to their parents’ advice. Like he did with his father.

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Satagni Sikder

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Satagni Sikder is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He has a Master's degree in English from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and has been following the NBA since 2017. Moreover, he supports the Dallas Mavericks, and unsurprisingly, Luka Doncic is his favorite player.

Edited By: Arunaditya Aima

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