Shaquille O’Neal Pays For Young Man’s Engagement Ring In Heartwarming Gesture

NBA great Shaquille O’Neal has always been known for having a big heart and now Shaq ended up buying an engagement ring for a man who couldn’t afford it.


Shaq was in an Atlanta-area jewelry store when he saw a man trying to buy a ring he couldn’t afford and instead offered to purchase it for him.

The video shot on camera shows the former Laker taking out his credit card and handing it to the store clerk for the stranger, they later shook hands and posed for a photo.

The basketball star turned sports commentator spoke about it 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,” Shaq said.

After they joked about the hall-of-famer still going shopping himself, Shaq told them, “I saw the guy, he was just so shy. He was saying, ‘Hey, how much do I owe to pay off the ring.'”

That’s when he offered to pay for it. “This is something I do every day,” Shaq said, adding that he and his mother were recently furniture shopping and he offered to pay for a mom who had an autistic daughter.

“I’m into making people happy. So, whenever I leave the house, I just try to do a good deed,” he said.

He also mentioned that the man buying the ring was a “young kid, a hardworking 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 didn’t want to take it,” Shaq said.

Shaq then told the young man not to worry, because he does acts like these all the time.

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