“You Can Go Buy That for $249”: Shaquille O’Neal Slams Female Journalist for Requesting a Cheap Gift Despite Lavish Mansion

Published 08/26/2022, 11:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 14: Shaquille O’Neal attends the ESPN Gala: “30 For 30: This Magic Moment” Screening during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theatre on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)

Shaquille O’Neal is commanding the spotlight even after retiring. The four-time NBA champion has a $400 million empire under his watch. Moreover, his love for basketball keeps him connected as an analyst on TNT. The Big Diesel has also started his podcast, ‘The Big Podcast’.

Tuning in with Nischelle Turner and Spice Adams, Shaq gives the fans an insight into his life. Adams is a former NFL defensive tackle. On the other hand, Turner is a veteran hosting. Notably, she is part of the iconic six-time Emmy award-winning show, Entertainment Today.

LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 13: (L-R) Former NBA players Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller and Shaquille O’Neal attend the 2016 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

Likewise, with such big names by his side, Shaq was in a giving mood. However, after hearing Turner’s request for a printer, the Big Diesel went off.

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Shaquille O’Neal calls Nischelle cheap

On the recent episode of his podcast, Shaq busted a bug rumor. The Big Diesel admitted to maybe gifting a 25-year-old LeBron James a brand new Rolls Royce. Spice Adams pointed out his and Turner’s 64 podcast episodes with the legendary center. Likewise, Shaq wanted to hook them up with presents.  And his giving eyes first fell on Turner. The Los Angeles Lakers legend held up a pricey gift offering the host a diamond watch. But Turner had another necessity in her mind.

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Surprisingly, Turner showed no interest. What the renowned television personality wanted was a printer. And Shaq was disgusted.
He said: “I hate CRAP. Cheap rich ass people. If you move that damn camera around, you see that mansion that she is sitting in. This woman built a mansion, didn’t even live in it, sold it and bought another mansion. Want to talk about a sh*t damn printer that you can buy that for $249.”

While Shaq’s offer for a diamond watch was arguably more lavish, the Los Angeles Lakers legend has some ties with Epson. As a tech geek, he admitted to buying 20 of their printers for his own house. Partnering with the tech giants, he is on board as the brand technology ambassador. Performing in commercials and promoting the brand, Shaquille O’Neal might not have any problems in arranging for a printer for Nischelle.

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Looking to tap into his Espon partnership, Turner was arguably going down the clever route. If you were Shaq, would you give the millionaire host the $249 printer? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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