“I’m Too Sexy for My Shirt”: After Losing 55 Pounds, Shaquille O’Neal Puts Up $10,000-Worth Challenge for 26YO YouTuber

Published 09/09/2023, 7:40 AM EDT

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Whether it was during his NBA career or his days since retirement, one man has been consistently entertaining throughout his tenure under the media’s eye. Now, after going through a startling change, Shaquille O’Neal remains the same person at his core. Long the butt of jokes about weight, the Los Angeles Lakers legend has gone through an incredible transformation. However, his personality and attitude remain the same amicable one he’s always had. That was on show during the 4x NBA champion’s recent interview as he made a $10,000 challenge.

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Shaq was the guest on ‘The Really Good Podcast‘ recently, where he gave some hilarious answers to the host Bobbi Althoff.

Sexy” Shaquille O’Neal

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To call the entire video awkward, weird, or even downright ridiculous is by no means a stretch. However, it was clear throughout the process that O’Neal and the 26-year-old YouTuber share an easygoing chemistry.

One of the more hilarious moments came midway through the episode. Asked about the 7-footer’s gymming habits, the big man was at his comical best. “I don’t need the gym. I’m already sexy. Do you know my theme song?”

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Completely stumped by the question, Althoff had a confused look on her face. “If you guess my theme song right now, I’ll give ten thousand to your favorite charity,” O’Neal claimed. In an absolute LOL moment, the 51-year-old started singing, “I’m too sexy for my shirt,” complete with sound effects and chest pumps.

As Bobbi had a bewildered expression on her face, you couldn’t help but laugh. On the other hand, the former Miami Heat star’s commitment is admirable. After an incredible journey back to leading a healthy lifestyle, it would be safe to assume that O’Neal would have some pride in his transformation. Instead, he remains his usual hilarious and charming self even after a hard-fought battle with his weight.

The 55-pound struggle

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Prior to this riot of an interview, Shaq went in-depth about his struggle with weight loss. At a point in time after retiring, the big man exceeded the 400-pound mark. As a result, even a task as simple as going up the stairs became a chore for him.

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Further, his health took a severe downturn as he followed a McDonald’s heavy diet. But, the former MVP has undergone a remarkable transformation. Shifting to a healthier lifestyle, Shaq now stands at exactly 351 pounds. Even after retiring, Diesel remains an admirable figure in the world.

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Moreover, his consistently hilarious persona remains the same, further a testament to the incredible human being that he is.

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Priyanshu Choudhary is an NBA Writer at Essentially Sports. Basketball has been his favorite sport for over a decade, and he has written close to 300 articles. If asked what he loves about the sport, Priyanshu would cite the technique, the breakdown, the ebb and flow and the theatrics that have endeared him since 2009.
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