WATCH: Shaquille O’Neal Yet Again Shows His Generous Side by Donating $35K to a Struggling Restaurant

Published 04/14/2021, 2:11 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 18: Shaquille O’Neal arrives ahead of the 2018 NBA All-Star Game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on February 18, 2018. (Photo by Philip Pacheco/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


Shaquille O’Neal was never a personality who would lead an underground life. It was very much evident from his playing years that this 7-footer would only expand his popularity, even post-retirement. Today, a successful broadcaster and a much-established businessman, Shaq is famous in different verticals all around the world.

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Society has blessed this Newark born with immense fame and love. In return, Shaq has never shied away from being a benefactor to the community. Time and again, he has proved why he’s much loved even in the circles that do not follow basketball. A recent example of his generosity proved the same.

Shaquille O’Neal and his surprise

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The pandemic affected innumerable industries in the past year. One of those largely hit businesses was the catering business. People either completely stopped going out or at least limited their exposure to outside dining. One Atlanta-based eatery, Restaurant 10, was among the millions of such establishments that faced difficulty in managing operations.

Shaquille O’Neal collaborated with his long-term and favorite insurance brand, The General, to do something for this restaurant. So one day, he just dropped by to surprise the manager of the property. He even cooked food, served, and ate fried chicken/macaroni.

More importantly, he got The General’s Chief Revenue Officer to announce a $35K employee relief fund for the store workers. It was a much-needed help against the troubles the team was facing. 

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When Shaq helped a man pay for his engagement ring

The 49-YO had already said on NBA on TNT that he likes to make people smile, and he does that very often. Recently, the 4-time NBA Champion was at a jewelry store in Zales and decided to gift something to a youngster. He just pulled out his credit card and paid for a young man’s engagement ring. This unplanned gesture shows how Shaq cares to spread smiles. 

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Shaq’s hobby of giving away is producing results in terms of the smile that he himself carries in all his Insta videos. He is a born entertainer and someone who is bigger than just an athlete who won accolades. 

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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