Shaquille O’Neal is trending for his good deed after he paid off a man’s engagement ring debt.
A video of the former NBA player carrying out the act of kindness has gone viral.
Shaquille O’Neal had visited an Atlanta Zales jewelry store when he ran into a guy buying an engagement ring and trying to negotiate a payment plan.
Speaking on the incident on the NBA on TNT postgame show, Shaq said,
“I went in there to get some loop earrings and I seen the guy and he was just so shy and he was saying [to the cashier], ‘Hey, how much do I owe to pay off the ring?’ I said, ‘My man, how much is the ring?’,” O’Neal said, adding that the kind gesture “is just something I do everyday.”
“I’m into making people happy, so whenever I leave the house I just try and do a good deed. I didn’t mean for that to get out. That’s not why I do it. .. The guy just came in, he was a young kid, hardworking guy.”
“I was like, you know what, ‘Tell your girlfriend I got it, I’ll take care of it. At first he didn’t want to take it,” O’Neal recalled, later adding, “I’m just trying to make people smile, that’s all.”
Shaq has his own jewelry line that’s carried in Zales stores.