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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.

Shaquille O'Neal Hits Blueface Dance, 'Bust Down Shaqiana!'

Shaquille O'Neal
Hits Blueface Dance ... 'Bust Down Shaqiana!'

Forget The Big Shaqtus ... just call him Shaqiana now -- 'cause Shaquille O'Neal hit the Bust Down dance -- and kinda crushed it!! Okay, it wasn't all that great ... but dude is 7'1", 324 pounds… READ MORE >

Shaq Says LSU Can Beat Duke in NCAA Tournament, Despite Will Wade Scandal

LSU Scandal Won't Distract Tigers ... From Beating Duke

Think Zion and Duke will coast all the way to the title game without a hitch??? Here's Shaq to make you second-guess your bracket picks ... 'cause he says LSU CAN beat the Blue Devils --… READ MORE >

- 30 days ago
Shaq Joins Papa John's Board Of Directors Following Ex-CEO's N-Word Scandal

Joins Papa John's Board Of Directors ... After Ex-CEO's N-Word Scandal

Papa John's is hoping Shaquille O'Neal can do the same thing he did for the Lakers ... return them to prominence ... by adding the Big Man on as a member of their Board Of Directors. Shaq… READ MORE >

- 31 days ago
Shaq Opens Restaurant Across from Staples Center, Huge Stars Attend

Opens Restaurant Next to Staples!!! ... Big Stars Attend Opening

He's already got a statue at Staples Center -- now Shaquille O'Neal has a restaurant right across the street!!! The NBA legend opened up Shaquille's at L.A. Live over the weekend -- and tons of… READ MORE >

- 42 days ago
Shaq Dunking at 46 Years Old? BOOM!

Dunking at 46 Years Old? ... BOOM!!!

Here's Shaquille O'Neal proving he's still a THREAT near the rim -- throwing down a monster dunk ... at 46 years old!!! The NBA legend was on the set of "NBA TV" when the guys on the show… READ MORE >

- 52 days ago
Diplo Vouches for Shaq's DJ Career, 'He's Killin' It!'

Vouches for Shaq's DJ Career ... 'He's Killin' It!'

Marshmello. Skrillex. Dillon Francis. DJ DIESEL?! The 7-foot-1 Hall of Famer could be the next big (literally) DJ in the music industry ... so says Diplo, who tells TMZ Sports, Shaquille… READ MORE >

- 72 days ago
Shaquille O'Neal Tells Rudy Gobert To 'Man Up,' 'There's No Crying In Basketball'

Shaquille O'Neal
'Man Up' Rudy Gobert ... 'No Crying In Basketball'

Rudy Gobert, wipe away the tears and "man up" ... 'cause there's no crying in basketball -- so says Shaquille O'Neal, who knows a thing or 15 about being an All-Star. TMZ Sports saw Shaq at… READ MORE >

- 79 days ago
Shaq Says if He Were Young NBA Superstar, He'd Sign With the Knicks

If I Were a Young Star ... I'd Sign With Knicks

Forget Los Angeles ... Shaq says if he were a young baller in today's NBA -- his next free agency contract would be with the Knicks!!! "If I was a youngster, Madison Avenue would be turning into… READ MORE >

- 99 days ago
Shaq Defends Kevin Hart, 'He Apologized, Move On'

Defends Kevin Hart 'He Apologized, Move On'

Shaquille O'Neal is calling for people to back off Kevin Hart ... saying he shouldn't have to keep apologizing for his old homophobic jokes and wants everyone to "just move on." "Some people feel… READ MORE >

- 101 days ago
Shaq Says Paying for Jazmine Barnes' Funeral Was 'Right Thing to Do'

Paying for Jazmine Barnes' Funeral Was 'Right Thing to Do'

Shaquille O'Neal says the shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes is such a sad tragedy, he couldn't imagine the family having to raise money for the funeral ... and that's why he stepped… READ MORE >

- 102 days ago
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