Sport Shaquille O'Neal on paying for stranger's engagement ring: 'I'm just trying to make people smile'
Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal pays off engagement ring for random man at jewelry store
Shaquille O'Neal has been known to perform random acts of kindness. On Tuesday, he spoke about helping a man buy an engagement ring.During a segment on NBA on TNT, in which O'Neal serves as an analyst, he spoke about how he paid off the price of an engagement ring for a man who was shopping at a jewelry store after a video of the moment went viral.
Shaquille O'Neal was known for overpowering opponents and racking up points — 28,596 of them, to be exact — throughout his NBA career, but he has also handed out some terrific assists off the court.
A video recently surfaced showing the Hall of Fame center footing the bill for a stranger's engagement ring at an Atlanta-area Zales jewelry store. As he explained during Tuesday's edition of the "NBA on TNT," O'Neal saw a man discussing payment options for the ring and decided to jump into the conversation.
"I see the guy come in. He was just so shy, and he was saying, 'Hey, how much do I owe to pay off my ring?'" O'Neal said. "I was like, 'My man, how much is the ring?'"
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O'Neal, who entered the Zales looking to purchase earrings, can be seen in the viral video handing a store associate his credit card to cover the cost, which O'Neal chose not to disclose. (When TNT colleague and former Heat teammate Dwyane Wade joked about O'Neal going to Zales, Shaq reminded him that he has his own jewelry line with the retailer.)
The man wanted to put the ring on layaway, Shaq said, but the 15-time All-Star wouldn't take no for an answer.
"He was like, 'Man, I can't do it,'" O'Neal said. "I said, 'Don't worry about it. I do it all the time.' I'm just trying to make people smile. That's all."
"I'm just trying to make people smile... That's all."— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) helped a young man out at a local jewelry store by paying for his engagement ring.
Mission accomplished. Well done, big fella.
Top Democrat calling for expansion in childcare support .
The chair of the House Ways and Means Committee is calling for an expansion in childcare as a way to remove "hidden barriers to workforce participation."In the letter obtained by Punchbowl News, Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) writes that barriers to opportunity have been a "persistent evil for far too long" in the U.S."It is up to us to reimagine it in a way that puts workers and their families first, that makes it more equitable, and ultimately, sets Americans up for the better days that lie ahead. I look forward to pulling many of the levers within the Ways and Means jurisdiction to make this happen," Neal added.