Updated: April 9, 2021 12:45:32 pm
In a sweet gesture, former NBA giant Shaquille O’Neal, popularly known as ‘Shaq’ paid for a stranger’s engagement ring recently at a local jewellery store in Atlanta, Georgia. Now, a video clip catching the moment caught on camera is going viral, with the former NBA star player earning plaudits online.
In a video posted to Instagram, Shaq can be seen giving the cashier his own credit card to pay for the ring. He then was seen shaking hands with the man, congratulating him.
According to local WSB-TV, the star player was at the Zales store at a mall in McDonough when he saw a young man purchasing an engagement ring.
However, this is not the first time the former basketball player-turned-rapper has praise for his generosity. The former Lakers star frequently donates money and time to charitable causes and also has his own foundation that is involved in many charitable works.
The former athlete and sports analyst was asked about his act of kindness by his co-hosts on TNT’s Postgame Show. “He was saying hey, how much do I owe to pay off my ring? And I was like, how much is the ring?” he said, adding that the young man first refused to take the money from him.
Shaq explained that he overheard the man asking about the layaway plan, which meant that he would collect the item later after paying the full amount. So, he decided to step forward and help the hardworking man surprise his girlfriend.
“This is something that I do every day,” he said, sharing more such incidents. “I’m into making people happy so whenever I leave the house I just try and do a good thing. I’m just trying to make people smile, that’s all,” he added.
As the video went viral, many thanked him for his kind and thoughtful gesture.
Say whatever you want about the big fella he’s got a heart of gold
— @Dredlock_Playboy (@russellwilliam4) April 7, 2021
Imagine if all the rich people in the world did this hell if we all gave back to the people that need more help then others this world would be dope!
— oz miranda (@Giantniner1) April 7, 2021
Wow, that’s Absolutely Awesome and Very Thoughtful of u Shaq, May God Continue to Bless and Keep u Sir!!
— Chris Hines (@chrishines45) April 7, 2021
Respect. Shaq is a great man on and off the court. If I meet him. I’ll buy him a meal to thank him for what he does.
— Clay Olsen (@ClayOlsen3) April 7, 2021
That is why you are one of the coolest human on earth. Bless you Shaq.
— Juan (@juancito84ok) April 7, 2021
this kind of deed should always be on video so it could inspire those who have money as well to do the same
— Bball4life (@Bball4lyff) April 7, 2021
man much love to Shaq…you can.have millions and billions and.most are still tight with their funds..He gets it.Appreciate u big man!🖤
— Carlos DeLaFuente (@Losdabay) April 7, 2021
I love it when Rich People spend their own money to help people out, Much Respect @SHAQ
— Marlowe (@Marlowe10197583) April 7, 2021
We can all do something to make people smile. Be it a big or small gesture. You never know whose day you may make or whose life you might change. Be a blessing to someone! #amen pic.twitter.com/jQN0yWEX7C
— JeNiecy (@JeNiecy) April 7, 2021
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