NBA big Shaquille O’Neal was recently in a jewelry store in the Atlanta area and he ended up buying an engagement ring – but that was not so he could suggest anyone. The former Laker saw a man buy a ring and offered to buy it for him.
Gesture was captured on camera and the video quickly went viral. Shaq is cleverly seen taking out his credit card and handing it over to the business consultant when the stranger was ready to pay. The two shook hands and posed for a photo.
The basketball star became a sports commentator and talked about the gift during the NBA aftershow on TNT Tuesday night. “This happened yesterday. I was in Zales looking for some new earrings and I saw a guy,”
After some fun of the hall-of-famer still acting himself, Shaq told his co-hosts what happened next. “I saw the guy, he was just so shy. He said, ‘Hi, how much do I owe to pay the ring?'”
That was when Shaq snuck in and offered to cover it.
“This is something I do every day,” Shaq said, adding that he and his mother recently bought furniture, and he offered to pay for a mother who had an autistic daughter. “I want to make people happy. So when I leave the house, I just try to do it,” he said.
Shaq said the man who bought the ring was a “young boy, a hard-working guy,” and the ring was on layaway. “I said, ‘You know what, tell your girlfriend I got it. Take care of her.’ And at first he did not want to take it, “said Shaq. He asked the man not to worry, he does it all the time.
“I’m just trying to make people smile,” he said.