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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.

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Shaq Says if He Were Young NBA Superstar, He'd Sign With the Knicks

Shaq
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 >

Shaq Defends Kevin Hart, 'He Apologized, Move On'

Shaq
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 >

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

Shaq
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 >

- 12 days ago
Shareef O'Neal Shows Off Gnarly Heart Surgery Scar, '#Zipperboy'

Shareef O'Neal
Shows Off Gnarly Heart Surgery Scar ... '#Zipperboy'

Shareef O'Neal just revealed his heart surgery scar for the first time Wednesday ... and he's already given himself a new nickname, "Zipperboy." TMZ Sports broke the story ... Shareef needed a… READ MORE >

- 19 days ago
Shaq Gives Great Health Update On Shareef After Heart Surgery

Shaq
Shareef Gunning for April Return ... After Heart Surgery

Here's some great news going into your holiday weekend ... Shareef O'Neal could be back on the UCLA basketball court in 4 to 5 months!  ... this according to his dad, Shaq.  The Diesel… READ MORE >

- 29 days ago
Shaq to the Rescue After Witnessing Family Involved in Car Crash

Shaq
Witnesses Car Crash While on 'Deputy' Duty ... Comforts Young Family

Shaq didn't need to throw on a cape to become a hero and comfort a family that had just been involved in a scary car crash, because he had a different superhero outfit -- Broward County… READ MORE >

- 59 days ago
Shaquille O'Neal Reveals Amazing Reason He Created 'Shaq-A-Claus'

Shaquille O'Neal
The 'Shaq-A-Claus' Origin Story Will Melt Your Cold, Cold Heart

For the 26th year in a row, Shaq-A-Claus is coming to town -- giving out thousands of toys to kids in need -- and the Big Fella's reason for launching the program is DEFINITELY gonna give you the… READ MORE >

- 62 days ago
Golden State Warriors Shade Cavs With Reversible Championship Rings

Golden State Warriors
Shade Cavaliers ... With Reversible Championship Rings

Won't be hard for the Warriors to remember trouncing LeBron James the last two years ... 'cause they just got diamond, gold and sapphire bling to make sure they NEVER forget it!!! Golden State… READ MORE >

- 96 days ago
Shareef O'Neal Still Focused On NBA After Heart Issue, But I Love Fashion Too

Shareef O'Neal
Focused On NBA After Heart Issue ... But I Love Fashion Too

UCLA hoops star Shareef O'Neal says, despite being sidelined this season with a heart issue, he's still 100% committed to his dream of going to the NBA ... but admits he also has… READ MORE >

- 96 days ago
Charles Barkley, I Haven't Worn Underwear In 10 Years!!!

Charles Barkley
Free Ballin' ... Since 2008

EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!! Here's Charles Barkley admitting he hasn't worn a pair of undies since 2008 ... AND NOT REGRETTING IT AT ALL!!! "I've been 10 years without underwear," Chuck… READ MORE >

- 101 days ago
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