Warzone Journalist Admits Surprise Meeting With Shaquille O’Neal Was Tougher Than Interviewing Pakistan PM Imran Khan

Published 06/07/2022, 5:30 PM EDT
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)

Shaquille O’Neal is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in the NBA. Thanks to his exploits on the court, and his achievements outside of it, Shaq is a household name across the world.

Recently, he met an award-winning journalist randomly. Eminent journalist Muhammad Lila happened to be in San Francisco when he met Shaq. Interestingly enough, Lila revealed that this meeting with Shaq was special for a reason.

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Lila has met celebrities and public figures all over the world, but he never happened to take a selfie with them. This time it was different. He took a selfie with Shaq and also had a conversation with the NBA legend.

While Lila finished a tough call, he noticed Shaq in the hotel lobby. The journalist revealed that he found it tough to approach Shaq and that it was tougher than interviewing Imran Khan, the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

After a few failed attempts at taking a selfie, Muhammad Lila asked Shaq a very important question. He asked for some parenting advice when Shaq said, “That’s your job. You’re the dad. That’s what I had for me.” That is some pretty great advice coming from one of the biggest names in the world of sports.

How is Shaquille O’Neal as a father?

There is no denying Shaquille O’Neal is one of the greatest NBA players ever. He has four NBA titles to his name with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat alongside numerous individual accolades.

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)

Moreover, he is a great parent too. Shaq is a father of six children and he makes sure they complete their education and learn to be good human beings. Although Shaq has one of the highest net worths in the basketball world, he never lets his children take money for granted.

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He once talked about how he schooled his son for getting a bad grade and making silly excuses. Shaq said, “I expect them to do their best. My son got a D on a paper one time, and he said he couldn’t find the information. I went off.”

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What do you think about Shaquille O’Neal’s interesting parenting style? Let us know in the comments below. 

 

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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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