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Shaquille O'Neal

At seven feet one inch tall, Shaquille O’Neal is larger than life. Many know him simply as “Shaq.” The basketball giant was born on March 6, 1972 in Newark, NJ to mother Lucille O’Neal. His biological father, Joseph Toney, abandoned him at birth. The two didn’t reunite until 2016. He considers stepfather, Sgt. Phillip Harrison, to be his dad. Harrison died Sept. 10, 2013. The baller takes education seriously. He is the only current or former NBA player to have a bachelors, masters, and doctorate. He played for Louisiana State University before getting drafted by the Orlando Magic as the first overall pick in 1992. He cast his spell on the team and won Rookie of the Year and took the team all the way to the NBA Finals in 1995. Shaq took home three rings as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000, 2001, and 2002. This hot commodity took his talents down to South Beach to join the Miami Heat in 2004. He added to his collection with one more NBA Championship title in 2006. Before retiring in 2011, Shaq played the final seasons of his pro career in Phoenix beginning in 2007. He also won gold at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016. In March 2017, a bronze statue was erected of the former Lakers player outside Staples Center in Los Angeles. The retired superstar purchased a small percentage of the Sacramento Kings in 2013 and invests in tech companies. He is also proud of his involvement with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America as a national spokesperson. Sheriff Shaq may be in the future. He’s expressed intent to run in 2020, but has not announced what city. He already has some experience with a badge. He was sworn in as an honorary Clayton County sheriff’s deputy in December 2016 and he serves as a reserve officer in Doral, FL, Miami Beach, Tempe, Port of Los Angeles, and Golden Beach. Shaq married Shaunie Nelson on December 26, 2002 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, but the union ended in divorce. The former couple has four children together – Shareef, Amirah, Shaqir, and Me’Arah. He has another daughter, Taahirah, from a previous relationship with ex Arnetta Yardbourgh. He’s been in a longterm relationship with girlfriend Laticia Rolle. Shaq and fiancé Nicole “Hoopz” Alexander broke off their engagement in August 2012. He also allegedly had an affair with mistress Vanessa Lopez.

LATEST STORIES
  
Shaquille O'Neal On Scene of Car Crash as a Good Samaritan

Shaquille O'Neal
Giant Samaritan ... Tries to Help Car Wreck Victims

Shaquille O'Neal saw potential danger, and decided he needed to help after spotting a 2-car wreck Friday afternoon. The accident -- Honda vs. BMW -- went down in one of L.A.'s busiest… READ MORE >

Shaq Says NBA Players Have 2 AM Curfew, Unless Opponent Sucks

Shaq
NBA Players Have 2 AM Curfew ... Unless Opponent Sucks

Shaquille O'Neal says there are pretty clear (unwritten) rules when it comes to hitting the clubs before an NBA game -- the worse the opponent, the later you can rage!  "If you're playing… READ MORE >

- 12 days ago
Shareef O'Neal Says LiAngelo Will Make an NBA Roster 'Cause the Balls Have Clout

Shareef O'Neal
LiAngelo Will Make an NBA Roster 'Cause The Balls Have Clout

LiAngelo Ball will be suiting up for an NBA team next season, and it ain't just 'cause of his talent -- so says Shareef O'Neal. We spoke to Shareef -- a top NCAA prospect -- after LiAngelo… READ MORE >

- 21 days ago
Shaquille O'Neal Says Put Cops in Schools, Don't Ban Guns!

Shaq
Put Cops in Schools to Stop Shootings ... And Don't Ban Guns!

Shaq says he has the answer to stopping mass school shootings like the one we saw in Parkland -- placing armed police officers on school grounds. "The quick fix ... the government should give law… READ MORE >

- 39 days ago
Evelyn Lozada Says She'd Trust Chad Johnson With Her Life

Evelyn Lozada
If My Life Was On The Line ... I'd Call Chad Johnson

"Basketball Wives" star Evelyn Lozada says if her life were on the line and she could only call one of her exes to save her ... she'd call Chad Johnson in a heartbeat. Shaunie O'Neal and Evelyn… READ MORE >

- 40 days ago
Shaq Celebrates Shareef's UCLA Decision With Family Dance Video!

Shaq & Family
Celebrate Shareef's UCLA Decision ... With Dancing Video!

Shaquille O'Neal and his family were so excited for Shareef to commit to UCLA last night -- they made a victory family dance video!!! We told you first ... Shareeef was leaning toward signing… READ MORE >

- 53 days ago
Shareef O'Neal 'Leaning Toward UCLA' After Arizona Scandal

Shareef O'Neal
'Leaning Toward UCLA' After Arizona Scandal

Here's a reason to 8-clap ... Shareef O'Neal is "leaning toward signing with UCLA" after pulling his commitment to the University of Arizona ... sources tell TMZ Sports.  O'Neal -- the high… READ MORE >

- 54 days ago
Fergie Roasted for Slow Rendition of National Anthem at NBA All-Star Game

Fergie at NBA All-Star Game
Roasted for Slow & Sexy Nat'l Anthem ... Hollywood Piles On

Fergie sang the National Anthem to kick off the 2018 NBA All-Star game, and most everyone seemed to hate it ... including Hollywood. Tons of stars blasted Fergie for her sultry rendition of the… READ MORE >

- 63 days ago
Shareef O'Neal Says He Loves LeBron, But Lakers Are His Dream Team

Shareef O'Neal
Love LeBron, But ... Lakers Are My Dream Team

Move over, Ball bros -- Shareef O'Neal says the Lakers are his #1 choice when he goes pro ... and if we were Magic Johnson, we'd start working OT to make it happen.   We got Shaq's… READ MORE >

- 92 days ago
Shareef O'Neal Snubbed By McDonalds, NBA Star Boycotting Nuggets

Shareef O'Neal
Snubbed By McDonalds NBA Star Boycotting Nuggets

Shareef O'Neal -- Shaq's son -- revealed he did not make the prestigious McDonald's All-American Game ... and now one NBA star is boycotting nuggets as a result.  FYI, the Micky D's game… READ MORE >

- 95 days ago
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