Buying an engagement ring for a future spouse can be stressful enough. But Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal made it a lot easier for one man.
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.
“This happened yesterday,” O’Neal said on the broadcast. “So I was in Zales, looking for some loop earrings and I seen the guy come in and he was just so shy and he was saying, ‘Hey, how much do I owe to pay off my ring?’ So I said, ‘My man, how much is the ring?’ I’m not going to say the amount, but it’s not much for me.”
In the video, O’Neal is seen apparently squaring away the bill with the associate before he goes to shake the hand of the man who was buying the ring and then patting him on the back.
“I didn’t mean for that to get out because I don’t do it for that,” O’Neal continued. “The guy just came in, he was a young kid, hard-working guy and was saying, ‘Hey I can come back in the next month, and the next month’ like layaway, he puts the money down. So I said, ‘Tell your girlfriend I got it. I’ll take care of it.’ At first, he didn’t want to take it and said ‘I can’t do that’ so I said ‘Don’t worry about it, I do it all the time.’ I’m just trying to make people smile, that’s all.”
O’Neal, who played 19 seasons for six teams and was an All-Star 15 times, won four NBA Finals trophies, including three NBA Finals MVPs. O’Neal is most known for his seasons with the Magic, Lakers and Heat, but he also played for the Suns, Cavaliers and Celtics.
In his post-playing career, O’Neal has become one of the most recognized NBA analysts for his role in TNT’s coverage oft he league.
“This is something that I do every day. The other day, me and my mom went furniture shopping and this lady, she had an autistic daughter and she was also looking to pay for some furniture. I just took care of it. I’m into making people happy. Whenever I leave the house, I just try to do a good deed.”