“Big ‘Scandal’ Fan” Shaquille O’Neal’s Tale of Sliding Into $50 Million Rich Star’s DMs Gets Thrown in Public

Published 09/29/2023, 7:15 AM EDT

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If there’s one thing NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal will do, is to shoot his shot. Big Diesel already has a popular standing of his own. However, it doesn’t stop him from fanboying over other stars. The 4x NBA champion took a big gamble by virtually approaching the star of a cult-popular TV show. The Emmy Award-winning actress herself busted the story of the big man taking a shot at her during her appearance on a talk show yesterday.

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Between his diverse schedules and travels, Shaquille O’Neal has the time to keep up with his favorite TV shows. One show he seemingly never missed out on was Scandal. The hit political series ran on ABC from 2012 to 2018, but it still remains iconic. Also iconic is the fabulous star who brought the cutthroat fixer, Olivia Pope, to life – the amazing Kerry Washington herself. Shaq would agree.

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Kerry Washington was on Watch What Happens Live… spilling all about her real-life scandals to Andy Cohen. The Bravo personality asked her, “Who’s the most famous person to slide into your DMs, wanting to connect as a friend or otherwise?” Her answer surprised many. “Um, Shaq, Shaquille O’Neal.

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The audience in the Bravo Clubhouse matched Cohen’s surprise. Not that it’s shocking that Shaq slid into the actress’ DMs, but because the 4x NBA champion never expressed his love for her show before. But the $50 million worth Washington confirmed it herself.

He’s a big ‘Scandal’ fan. He’s always like, ‘I’ll do anything for command,'” she told the audience. For the uninitiated, Olivia Pope restarted B613 and made herself the ‘Command’ therefore becoming the puppet master of the new presidential administration. That proves Shaq has true Scandal insight.

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She didn’t specify how their interaction went down. She obviously let him down easily. Maybe Shaq said, “It’s handled,” in Pope style. Big Diesel’s big romantic adventures always interest his fans. But he’s often stopped short of a confirmation. He’s, however, been very open about his celebrity encounters.

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Besides Washington, Shaq is a longtime diehard fan of Halle Berry. However, his face-to-face encounter with her didn’t go the way he dreamed about. The Los Angeles Lakers icon also splurged on a California residence he didn’t like because it was next door to Paula Abdul. He then proceeded to terrorize her with his friendly neighborhood pranks.

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Hopefully, Shaq would be keen on revealing more about what Washington told him sometime soon. What do you think about this Shaq-celebrity crossover? Let us know in the comments below.

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Caroline John

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Caroline John is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. She has been covering athletes outside the sports arena since the start of her reporting career. A writer at heart, she graduated with a degree in journalism from a reputed university.
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