Ex-Wife Shaunie Left Elated at Shaquille O’Neal’s Emotional Moment With Daughter Me’arah on Live TV

Published 03/01/2024, 6:45 AM EST

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Everyone knows Shaquille O’Neal for his grand gestures. So, when his daughter was named the 2024 McDonald’s All-American, he wasn’t going to sit back. In fact, he made sure that this day became a memorable one for Me’arah. In return, the 4x NBA champion also returned the favor by bucketing a good one on Live TV. Moreover, this moment got the 17-year-old’s mother in her feelings.

Shaunie Henderson shared NBA on TNT’s post where Shaq gifted Me’arah a token of her achievement. He presented the versatile athlete with her 2024 McDonald’s All-American jersey to remember this day. On Inside the NBA, Kenny Smith hilariously introduced Me’arah as the best basketball player in the family. Shaquille O’Neal could only laugh at that as the proud father welcomed his daughter to the set.

The entire setting melted the former film marketer’s heart as she shared it for her followers to enjoy. Right after Shaq presented the jersey to her, Kenny challenged Me’arah to make a 3. The Episcopal High School star took the challenge and made a 3-pointer on her first attempt.


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The long-distance shot separates the young talent from her NBA legend father. She surely has the Shaq gene, but her visible versatility makes her even better.

Will Me’Arah O’Neal be able to get out of her father’s shadow?

Me’arah, being the youngest O’Neal, had a bunch of basketballers roughing her up. Her father also wished for her to be the greatest women’s basketball player during his 2016 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction speech. While she was only 10 years old at the time, she did not let the pressure of being an O’Neal get to her.


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On her senior night, the rising star recently collected double digits to bid adieu to her alma mater. However, Me’arah doesn’t aim to be known for her last name. In fact, she has previously said that she wants to be in the WNBA, be an All-Star, and make a name for herself.

Standing at an above-average 6 ft 4 inches, Me’arah has an all-around game. She has a fierce defensive side and is a multi-level scorer. Her shooting abilities already separate her from Shaquille O’Neal.


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Hence, if there’s anything to say, Meezy is not going to be a shadow of her father. She is determined and motivated to make a name for herself. It is also worth noting that she has already committed to the Florida Gators over her father’s LSU to possibly stay away from the comparisons. It will be interesting to see how this O’Neal becomes a giant of her league.

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Srashti Sharma


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Srashti Sharma is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports, known for her in-depth researching skills. From the very first time that she heard about Kobe Bryant, she herself cultivated a Mamba Mentality. She loves the competitive nature of the sport which fuels her inner sportswoman.
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Pragya Vashisth