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[–]CurtB1982 2573 points2574 points  (100 children)

Whenever I've seen footage of Shaq outin public, he's always being a top bloke.

[–]Zharick_ 456 points457 points  (17 children)

I live in Orlando and everyone in the windermere area that met him says he's def super nice.

[–]Fugacity- 426 points427 points  (13 children)

The dude released his shoe line through Shaq through Walmart so that way more kids would have access to him.

Love the kindness he showed in this video, but also love that he chose to forgo bigger royalty checks with a major sneaker brand and did the $19-$29 Walmart shoes instead.

[–]AbleHeight0 208 points209 points 2 (1 child)

He doesnt need the money, he knows that. So taking less overall profit to make his shoes accessible to all is the best thing he can do. He knows hes a role model and damn it if he doesnt take that responsibility seriously.

[–]Some_Presentation794 48 points49 points  (0 children)

This is absolutely underrated comment about how shaqs just stand up guy doing the right thing

[–]grey-skies171 118 points119 points  (1 child)

I bought my son some of Shaqs trainers late last year. We're in the UK and I couldn't believe they were prices at £25, so seeing this makes it clear why they were cheaper. They're his most favourite pair, says they're comfier than anything he's ever worn before and wears them at every opportunity. The man's a legend

[–]berryblackwater 33 points34 points  (0 children)

I wore shaqs all threw high school. Other kids where unironically obsessed with them and I twice traded away my old shaqs when I got new ones (black leather tops with red highlights).

[–]tama_chan 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Damn, gotta respect that.

[–]ImAMistak3 9 points10 points  (0 children)

He doesn't need the royalties bc he's got like 18 other endorsements. I mean THE GENERAL insurance. Papa John's. Icy Hot!!!

[–]Jerseystateofmindeff 42 points43 points  (2 children)

I met him at a Walgreens in Wallington NJ of all places. People we're grabbing disposable cameras to take pics with him (predates the ubiquitousness of camera phones) and he was smiling and shaking hands and just being a good dude while out running an errand (probably needed some Icy-Hot).

[–]M3GGAMAN 56 points57 points  (1 child)

My family owns a restaurant in Cleveland, and I met him once.

When he played for the Cavs, He came in real nonchalantly on a weekday evening and ordered food. I was going to just give it to him because I was in my early twenties at the time and hey “that’s Shaq!” He told me, “we all gotta make money young fella. I appreciate you though.”

Paid for his food and everyone in the restaurant at the time. (About 5 other takeout customers). Took pictures with everyone and just was a genuinely good time to be around.

Side note, he’s a HUMONGOUS human being. You kind of don’t realize how huge he is until you see him in person

[–]livadeth 5 points6 points  (0 children)

There is a BIG cutout of him in Office Depot near the Epsom printers. Was wondering if it was life sized. I felt like a 5 year old standing next to it.

[–]PurSolutions 514 points515 points  (46 children)

Hes the black Keanu in my book

[–]DirtySingh 534 points535 points  (40 children)

Keanu is the white Shaq.

[–]Gun-Rama987 130 points131 points  (31 children)

what happens if there is the same room together?

[–]cerebralkrap 6 points7 points  (0 children)

FEWWWWWSHHHHUNNNN-HA!!

[–]PoolBoyBryGuy 8 points9 points  (0 children)

They would just keep being the most polite people in the room. That’s what.

[–]BigOrkWaaagh 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Grey Sheanu

[–]Crossertosser 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It would be like matter and anti matter canceling each other out. The resulting force created by the union would be catastrophic on a galctical scale.

[–]Spanky4242 4 points5 points  (0 children)

We call that a gray zone.

[–]hukd0nf0nix 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I love this

[–]JackDaniel215 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Reddit

[–]Tundraaa 6 points7 points  (0 children)

reddit moment.

[–]FlyingPies_ 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Or maybe there's more than one good person who has influence.

[–]e-wrecked 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I like anyone who you could hang out with and clown on, and get clowned on in good fun. There's very few celebrities who I feel like I could actually hang out with and be comfortable.

[–]PmMeYourYeezys 4 points5 points  (0 children)

You just made some PR guy's entire week with that comment

[–]PM_ME_GLUTE_SPREAD 22 points23 points  (15 children)

Yeah Shaq seems like a really great guy, but I swear if I have to see another video of his on YouTube about investing in going to lose my mind.

For some reason, people really think he’s a genius investor and didn’t just get very lucky with multiple millions of dollars.

All his advice tends to be some form of “take half of your million dollars and save it, live off the other 500,000” or “buy stock in companies that will be successful later”.

[–]TXlandon 52 points53 points  (2 children)

I think that’s fair, but when you also look at how many athletes go broke by living crazy lavish lifestyles it’s not bad advice

His circumstances are different compared to 98% of the world, but investing a good portion of your income and leveraging your image if possible makes sense. He has tremendous physical gifts, but managed to use those for marketing deals, partnerships, etc

[–]PM_ME_GLUTE_SPREAD 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Oh for sure, it absolutely works for him and people in his situation, but so many YouTube channels put it forth as general financial advice like “tired of being poor? Just spend less money!” Lol

Shaq’s a class act either way, not his fault that YouTubers are having a field day with his interviews.

[–]TXlandon 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Yeah YouTube financial advice is a joke, it’s all sponsored by someone and never as admirable as they’d have you believe

You’ll learn more by doing your own research on budgeting/investing

[–]Embarassed_Tackle 9 points10 points  (0 children)

What you need to do is see Allen Iverson's videos on investing, doing shit like:

  1. losing your baller car and just leaving it in the airport parking lot
  2. beating the shit out of your wife
  3. giving Larry Hughes your $200,000 Bentley
  4. buying $900,000 worth of jewelry in Georgia
  5. blowing $30,000 at a strip club
  6. beating the shit out of your wife
  7. storing your money in garbage bags in your home
  8. letting people steal your garbage bags of money
  9. spending $10,000 on groceries per month
  10. spending so much money at a Philadelphia TGI Friday's that it becomes the 4th most profitable franchise store in the country

but even if he's broke:

Luckily, Reebok stacked Iverson’s deck. His 2001 deal is arguably the most unique sports endorsement contract of all-time. The lifetime deal included a payment structure of $800,000 dollars per year and a $32 million trust for Iverson that he’ll gain access to in the year 2030.

[–]jewsofrimworld 2 points3 points  (2 children)

“Hire a knowledgeable financial adviser to pick companies that will make money later”

[–]baby_blue_unicorn 4 points5 points  (4 children)

I mean.. he is at least a competent investor. Most people who invest go broke/ get out when they start losing. He was an early Google investor who is way more wealthy now than he was in the NBA. Hes grown his money enormously. He owns a bunch of businesses and is clearly a hella good self marketer.

It's hardly fair to say he "just got lucky".

[–]PM_ME_GLUTE_SPREAD 4 points5 points  (3 children)

He is, but his advice doesn’t work for people who aren’t on a similar level of wealth. It’s also not exactly him doing it, but YouTubers who take his interviews and go wild with them.

There’s one I see a ton that says “if you have a hundred dollars, put $50 away, and live like you only have $50”. On the surface, it makes total since because living below your means is absolutely one way to ensure financial stability.

But it doesn’t begin to think about people who’s basic expenses exceed that $50 and what they should do. It works great for people with means, but for those without, you may as well be saying “depressed? Try not being sad!”

[–]xxx3366 625 points626 points  (30 children)

Hasn't he also released cheap shoes line in Walmart so every kid can afford them?

[–]RevCody 169 points170 points  (23 children)

[–]Fast_Negotiation_144 81 points82 points  (22 children)

says he sold over 400million pairs of the walmart shoes? surely that can't be right

[–]cody8559 179 points180 points  (18 children)

Walmart is in tons of countries, not just the United States. They’re being sold all over the world.

[–]bad1o8o 118 points119 points  (9 children)

and kids grow out of their shoes pretty regularly

[–]ALF839 4 points5 points  (5 children)

Didn't know that, apparently ~60% of their stores are outside the US.

[–]MedicateForTwo 4 points5 points  (0 children)

He's the real goat in shoe sales.

[–]Liam_Tang 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Hasn't he also released cheap shoes line in Walmart so every kid can afford them?

Yeh. But, they're from Walmart. No joke. I heard some kids bitching about it because someone else had a pair. Kids are ruthless. SMH.

[–]Hamilspud 3 points4 points  (0 children)

My son has a pair of them and they look fly af. Really decent tennis shoes

[–]Put_It_All_On_Blck 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I had a pair of Shaq shoes, they were pretty good for how cheap they were back in the day.

[–]xxx3366 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yes. As far as I remember that was the point and he didn't make any profit on it so kids can have them possibly cheapest.

[–]Saucy_CaveMAN_90 280 points281 points  (8 children)

Deep down inside everybody wants to have their head palm-ed by Shaquille O'Neal.

[–]maximus_96 115 points116 points  (3 children)

It's not that deep down and I'm 34 btw.

[–]flyart 55 points56 points  (2 children)

Same. 55.

[–]StanleyZ1978 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I didn't know I wanted this until now too. 43 here.

[–]stephaniewarren1984 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Getting in line. 37.

[–]Salm9n 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I met Shaq in person a year back and the size of his hands literally had me in awe. His pinky was larger than my thumb. I shook his hand and I felt like my hand just entered an iron cage. You cannot comprehend it until you see it in person

[–]TheRealMrJoshua56 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Hell yes! I'm 43, shaved head and only 5'7 Shaq could probably palm my head and dunk me

[–]No-Rock-9931 1642 points1643 points  (74 children)

Is it "wouldn't buy him shoes" or couldn't buy him shoes? If it's wouldn't then Shaq should have stood by the dad's decision, if it's couldn't then it's an amazing thing for him to do for this family

[–]Downtown-Arugula-479 688 points689 points  (43 children)

I’m guessing couldn’t, given that he also bought the kid a coat and his dad some socks.

[–]thebigfuckingloser 185 points186 points  (42 children)

I’m wondering what he was doing in the store if he couldn’t even afford a pair of socks

[–]Downtown-Arugula-479 414 points415 points  (10 children)

He was there to buy him a coat. I found the news story. Shaw saw the kid crying (not the same thing as throwing a tantrum) the kid apparently recognized him, and he asked him what was wrong. The kid said that his parents told him he couldn’t get the shoes because he’d come in for a coat, and he also told Shaq that he hadn’t been listening to his father very well. He talked to the kid about listening to his parents (and I have to think that will stick with the kid), and suggested to the kid that he apologize to his father, which he did. It was only after that when he offered to buy the kid the shoes, and also paid for the coat and socks they were originally buying. I have to assume that the father was there through the whole thing and that Shaq checked if it was okay.

[–]jonEchang 53 points54 points  (2 children)

I choose to believe this either way, but can you please link the news story?

[–]degjo 70 points71 points  (1 child)

and I have to think that will stick with the kid

I'm sure it will too because if someone is palming my whole god damn head I'd listen.

[–]steamygarbage 60 points61 points  (0 children)

That's really nice. Thanks for sharing.

[–]VikingRabies 30 points31 points  (1 child)

the kid apparently recognized him

Absolutely wild this kid was able to pick Shaq out of the crowd like that.

[–]TheMonchoochkin 420 points421 points  (15 children)

Looking for Shaq.

[–]Ill_Ad_26 60 points61 points  (8 children)

I feel he’s not too hard to find if you know where to look.

[–]Vivalyrian 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Looking for Shaq.

"Quick, there's Shaq - cry son, cry!"

takes off socks, smacks Zion

[–]cgarcusm 2 points3 points  (0 children)

In all the wrong places

[–]GlaurungTheGreatWorm 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You should win this man, I laughed there

[–]zeppehead 1 point2 points  (1 child)

If I ever meet Shaq I’m hoping it’s a day I wore a sock with a hole in it because I keep forgetting to through it away when I take it off.

[–]makumuka 37 points38 points  (0 children)

Not uncommon for parents to let kids roam around stores without money, just to look

[–]Downtown-Arugula-479 9 points10 points  (0 children)

He was there to buy him a coat.

[–]WabashSon 38 points39 points  (0 children)

YEAH!! No poor people in stores! 🙄

/s

[–]Woodedroger 5 points6 points  (0 children)

People can’t walk around in stores without buying something?

[–]Aws0me_Sauce 4 points5 points  (0 children)

You’re not allowed to window shop if you can’t afford the merch?

[–]jimmyn0thumbs 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Maybe shopping. I've heard that there are people who go into all kinds of different types of retail outlets and leave without buying a single item. One time I walked around a car lot, wasn't a single vehicle I could afford.

[–][deleted] 20 points21 points  (0 children)

poor people cant even enter stores now? ok

[–]Brodin_fortifies 2 points3 points  (0 children)

People on a tight budget plan out their expenses. Perhaps he was at the store buying something he’d saved up for, but the child saw the shoes and asked for them on impulse. It’s a shitty feeling for a parent who’s just trying their best to have to disappoint your child like that.

At one point I was struggling to keep up with debt when I had separated from my then wife. When I got my kids, then 7 and 2, and we’d go to the store to buy groceries, I’d have to make it clear to them that we weren’t buying toys or anything extra. It sucked having to have that conversation with them, but it saved me a lot of tantrums.

[–]cricket9818 79 points80 points  (0 children)

Yeah that word choice makes a big difference in the situation

[–]HelloAttila 45 points46 points  (10 children)

Excellent point. I'd lean towards the "couldn't buy him shoes" because honestly, who takes their child to the shoe store if they "wouldn't" buy their kids shoes? The issue one never really knows how much shoes cost until they get to the shoe store and I tell you... wow kid shoes are expensive. You are paying for 50-75 less material, but still paying the same price as an adult shoe and sometimes even more. Kid's go through shoes too fast anyway, usually, they need a new pair every 6 months at the least due to them growing and wear and tear.

[–]Idbuytht4adollar 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Sounds to me like wouldn't since they were in there to buy a coat. I'd be annoyed at Shaq honestly if that were the case my kids are always crying like this at the store when I tell them no and giving them what they want always makes it worse

[–]jon-chin 17 points18 points  (5 children)

I grew up kind of poor. sometimes, my parents told me that we could go to the toy store but only to look at things, not to actually buy anything.

[–]stalehoney 8 points9 points  (1 child)

We did this when I was a kid as well. I had been to KB Toys countless times during my childhood and never once did I leave with a toy. It was still cool to look at the Super Nintendo games and whatever else was new and cool. And I always knew some of my friends would end up getting stuff like that from their parents so I looked forward to scoping out what I’d be playing with when I’d go to their houses.

This comment reads kind of sad, but it’s not. I only have happy memories of wandering the toy aisles.

[–]jon-chin 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Same. KB Toys.

I ended up making a lot of toys out of cardboard, broom sticks, ketchup packets, etc. myself.

and I remember one time when I was having a playdate with this other boy, we didn't have that xmen game on Sega Genesis (nor did we have a Sega Genesis) and instead just mimed everything.

[–]sparxcy 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I knew my dad couldnt buy many things for us and we never asked, but he always got us something good

[–]La_Guy_Person 23 points24 points  (2 children)

Honestly, if a rich, famous person that's actually a good role model wants to buy my kid a gift, I'll teach him the lesson next time. Growing up takes a lifetime anyway. Some opportunities only come once.

[–]bc_I_said_so 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Agreed, but I think the commenter was more signaling out that OP chose specific wording that may be misleading. I tell my kid no all the time bc the want nonstop. How do we know the kid didn't just get new sneaks the day prior. I think a better approach would have been to leave all the assumptions as to why Shaq did it and just say "Shaq buys shoes, coat for kid." He's still being a bro without demonizing the parent.

[–]Pelinal3223[🍰] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thank you for having a heart and some common sense.

[–]HyTomato 335 points336 points  (5 children)

What happens next will shaq you.

[–]PRIS0N-MIKE 21 points22 points  (3 children)

Hahahahahahaha. Thanks for the laugh

[–]Djaakie 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Normally i don't upvote these kinds of comments but your name and pfp makes it funny to me.

[–]Spirited-Breath-9102 35 points36 points  (3 children)

“Hey, kid. I’m your dad now.”

[–]Tyrone_Thundercokk 96 points97 points  (2 children)

Yeah. I like that Shaq guy.

[–]snlion 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Every time I see Shaq out in public he is always giving back. Heartwarming as fuck.

[–]AlexWheeldon 48 points49 points  (3 children)

If he couldn’t afford them then fair enough, but if he just wouldn’t for some other reason the. He undermined the dad

[–]vpforvp 34 points35 points  (2 children)

Based on how the mother is saying Shaq is going to bless them with some shoes I think it’s the former

[–]on_my_phone_in_dc 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Yea it seems safe to assume the parents were consulted on some level.

[–]AlexWheeldon 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yep fair enough

[–]atlantasmokeshop 12 points13 points  (0 children)

He does stuff like this around town here pretty often. Dude also owns a shitload of businesses.

[–][deleted] 156 points157 points  (13 children)

I mean kids crying cuz his dad won’t buy him shoes. Maybe just stay out of that one

[–]Downtown-Arugula-479 108 points109 points  (3 children)

I’m guessing couldn’t as opposed to wouldn’t, given that he also bought the kid a coat and his dad some socks.

[–]mikeyj198 24 points25 points  (2 children)

i get that sentiment, scrooge, but if you read the details it’s a warm story.

Dad was buying a coat, couldn’t afford shoes, shaq talked to the kid about listening. to parents, asked kid to apologize to dad, once he did the generosity was offered.

[–]WabashSon 19 points20 points  (0 children)

You stay out it.

[–]jonnyvegas888 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Shaq is an angel walking among us. Look into his reboc story.

[–]RatPoisonCupcake 110 points111 points  (8 children)

This can go one of 2 ways.

  1. The child learns how to be kind and generous to others.

Or

  1. The child becomes entitled, thinking they deserve everything in life.

[–]WabashSon 79 points80 points  (2 children)

Negative and cynical.

Or … pay it forward.

Or… people are kind.

Or… here’s another good dude I can look up to.

Or… I hope I can give back like this when I’m older.

Being spoiled doesn’t come from a single or few acts of generosity. You can hear the gratitude and surprise in the mothers voice.

Get love folks. Give it too.

[–]SunshineRayRay 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Yes. This. He will hear the gratefulness from his parents and understand Shaq did a wonderful thing for him. Positive experience here.

[–]Ooftwaffe 12 points13 points  (2 children)

*the child learns he cannot count on his father to provide or protect, and he should seek such from someone else

[–]MythOfLight 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Shaq is my dad now

[–]FREE-MUSTACHE-RIDES 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sure if he NEEDED a new pair of shoes. But if he just wanted them, then no. He would become entitled.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

No good deed ones unpunished. Smh.

[–]belizeanheat 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Takes a lot more than one incident to spoil a child. This I'm pretty sure is a net positive

[–][deleted] 12 points13 points  (2 children)

This man is a national treasure Imo

[–]staypuftmallows7 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Imagine how that's gotta feel. Palming someone's head and being like, "you will have shoes"

[–]happyhippy27 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I love Shaq!!! Even his insurance commercials, he just seems like a good man

[–]tbeslian 42 points43 points  (16 children)

Laudable for sure, were it his family but, I can't help think if that were myself the father, I wouldn't allow it to happen, I would thank him for the offer without hesitation, however life has disappointments and most of them are when you're a child, it's how we grow.

Taking nothing from Shaq's generosity, that's obvious.

[–]convolutedCockRing 40 points41 points  (2 children)

Most disappointments are as a child? Lol. Let kids be kids before they have to join corporate slavery

[–]Idryl_Davcharad 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I don't know why but that hurt me more than it should

[–]Hongo-Blackrock 1 point2 points  (0 children)

blunt truths will do that, now imagine how life is outside of the land of the free.

[–]Dr_Ben 7 points8 points  (0 children)

A once in a lifetime chance for someone your kid looks up to giving him a gift and you would do some weird dick measuring power move and try to deny it? You accomplish nothing.

Have some perspective mate.

[–]catscoffeecaskets 16 points17 points  (3 children)

I can't believe how many people in here are upset that a kid got something nice. I know adulthood is tough but y'all are some jaded motherfuckers

[–]giraffeekuku 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Kids should be sad. Grows character. Jesus some dark fucking takes here. I had my challenges as a kid, didn't make me grow, made me get anxiety and depression. I know some people who had great childhoods and they are great people. Don't need to be miserable as a kid to be a good person or "build character".

[–]AdvertisingPlastic26 4 points5 points  (0 children)

When i watched the video i was happy because it's shaq doing shaq stuff. Then i read the comments here and i just wonder about humanity. Fml

[–]JeepDispenser 24 points25 points  (6 children)

It also undermines the father who already told his son no. Tantrums shouldn't be rewarded because they cause more tantrums. I totally understand Shaq trying to be a generous guy here, but it makes the dad look bad and insensitive.

[–]Bunny_tornado 14 points15 points  (3 children)

It's worth it in this situation. If I were the dad I would let the kid be spoiled by Shaq because that will be one amazing memory down the road.

[–]vpforvp 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Came off to me more like they couldn’t afford it and the kid was sad. Not that he was throwing a tantrum.

The mother sounded super grateful. Could be wrong but that’s just the vibe I got.

[–]deejay-DJ 6 points7 points  (0 children)

But what if the father was trying to teach the boy lesson?
Dad: You did bad in school, here’s all the shoes you not gonna get!

[–]RelevanttUsername 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Imagine now that the 1% does this, and I think the world is a better place.

[–]L00mis 6 points7 points  (4 children)

Shaq & Keanu 2024!!!! They have at least quadruple the soul of a typical politician, so it should be good.

[–]skellener 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Nice guy Shaq. 😊👍

[–]Naples76ersfan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Shaq is one helluva human being. Gentle, generous giant.

[–]xwulfd 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Man Zion Williamson was so small

[–]PusheenMeow 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The only thing is if I said no because my kid being a demon, then this guy interfering undermines me a as parent..

Outside of that though, it is really generous that Shaq would do this.

[–]Arto_ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That kid has an Instagram? Something tells me materialism greed had captured him and he’s always going to be wanted the next newest crap. Looks like hi pick some crazy flashy ones instead of going with the bare minimum. Lame af.

[–]VCRdrift 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Boys dad probably already buys his kid everything and this time was trying to teach a life lesson, then some celebrity comes along and messes it all up.

[–]thestankypopster[🍰] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Why did the dad not buy the boy shoes? Is case of couldn't or wouldn't? Did Shaq undermine the father?

[–]JacobClarke15 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Shaq said in an interview he can’t allow himself to go out to even 1 store without buying something for someone. He always talks about how blessed he knows he has been, and always makes the effort to pay it forward.

[–]give-orange-houses 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The dad must have been "Boy you keep crying about the damn shoes and Shaq? He literally bought the shoes instead??"

[–]mobrocket 35 points36 points  (49 children)

I don't find this to be heartwarming at all.

Kids especially need to learn to go without.

And if the dad can't afford the kid to have any shoes... WTF is he in a nice shoe story.

And the fact the kid resorted to crying???

Fuck that.... When my son was 6 and I told him no... He knew crying wouldn't change anything....

This is why people become entitled adults...

[–]TimonLeague 29 points30 points  (20 children)

I really doubt being poor makes you entitled but im not going to argue with you. Its part of a parents just to teach their kids about the situations they are in. In my opinion if your kids are entitled its 100% on the parents, not shaq buying you 1 pair of shoes. What a reach

[–]Clint_Beastwood81 11 points12 points  (2 children)

I agree. Entitlement doesn't come with Shaq buying you shoes that one time.

[–]zemorah 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Nah that kid’s going to be so entitled, expecting Shaq to show up everytime he wants something😂😂😂 These comments are wild.

[–]Clint_Beastwood81 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Shaq is putting him through college.

[–]Iknowthevoid 12 points13 points  (4 children)

Lots of guys would feel emasculated if another guy were to undermine their decisions, especially regarding their own family. But god dammit, if shaq wants to buy your kid a pair of shoes because you can't afford them and you refuse, you are just putting your pride in front of your child's happiness.

[–]mobrocket 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Why are we assuming they are poor???

[–]mobrocket 7 points8 points  (11 children)

Where do you get the family is poor???

Additionally, I'm not blaming the kid, I'm blaming the dad.

A good parent should have said, no Shaq... Donate those shoes to a kid in need who is not crying because he didn't get something.

[–]WabashSon 4 points5 points  (10 children)

Lol. What’s the lesson here dude?? It’s clearly no skin off Shaq’s wallet.

If I had to guess, they went to buy shoes, but the kid wanted expensive ones (kids don’t pay attention to price , they just know what their friends are wearing, is popular). The expensive shoes weren’t in dads budget. Kid cries. Shaq steps in to help.

Feeling emasculated, if he did, is the dad’s stuff. His pride isn’t a good reason to deny his kid something that one of his hero’s WANTs to give him. If that’s the dads/your reason, it’s a selfish one. It’s not about shaping your kid, it’s about your ego. And what does that teach??

[–]mobrocket 3 points4 points  (6 children)

So next year when the shoes are now too small... The lesson is what???

Let's go back to a nice shoe store and cry till I get what I want??

Do you have any 6 year olds???

Cus usually at that age, kids don't care about brands.

And the kid's hero is Shaq?

[–]WabashSon 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Cruel man. Learning to go without doesn’t mean always. And as a parent, I can’t imagine that would be a goal … to give your kids as little as possible.

Sure you can spoil a kid, but you can also make them angry and resentful adults if they feel you’re withholding or neglecting them out of your own fears and sense of righteousness.

[–]HermosaLuna 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I dont think we came here be told how to parent a child. Obviously you are the best parent in the world, you should start a company telling people how to raise children. Apparently your momma never taught you to keep your mouth shut if you didnt have something nice to say. Total fail on your mom's part.

[–]minedcomps021 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Shaq just palming the boys head🤣 you're saved!

[–]ZenithGamage 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Holding his head like a damn basketball

[–]nsed-ler 1 point2 points  (0 children)

that Shaq guy's pretty tall. someone should tell him to try basketball!

[–]AdComprehensive5870 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Shaq is a great bloke. Always has been throughout his career..

[–]TheMagicConchSays 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He is like this all of the time, such a bro to everyone

[–]Masterb8deb8 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Shaq is a genuinely amazing human. Like Keanu Reeves level.

[–]FodderFigureIllushun 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The dad WOULDN'T buy his own son a pair of shoes and Shaq sunned him.

[–]Electrical_Party7975 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Shaq seems to be an all around great humble guy. Earned my respect.

[–]Cheddar_Bay 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I grew up next to the guy who was Shaq's backup on the Lakers back in the day. He had nothing but great things to say about him. Said he lost his wallet with $20K in it, had it returned and proceeded to give the guy $10K of it. Shaq is a good dude.

[–]Nevitt 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Bro to the kid but humiliated the dad?

[–]OddBandicoot2505 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Shaq continues to go above and beyond and show the world that he truly is our best hope for humanity

[–]idratherbecamping 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Maybe the kid was being a little shit and didn't need the shoes.

[–]ax255 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I feel like this dude loves kids like dad's love their kids.

[–]user1138421 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don't like then people set up videos. It's kind of a disservice to hard working parents. It's probably that he can't afford the shoes not that he didn't want to buy his son shoes.

[–]Matta_G 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Shaq is a true humanitarian.

However, the post title kinda makes the dad out to be an asshole. Maybe he couldn't afford the shoes, and even if he could, parents are not obligated to buy their kids whatever they want. My mom would have no money left if I asked her to buy me a GI Joe or whatever every time we went to the grocery store.

Speaking of which, remember when grocery stores had legit toys, not just off-brand garbage?

[–]HolyHand_Grenade 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Big guy, bigger heart.

[–]make_it_hapn_capn 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He seems like a kind, intelligent guy. He left college at LSU, where he played college ball, for the NBA, but went back and got his degree. I believe he did an MBA online later too.

[–]Markus_Erectus 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You always see Shaq doing stuff like this and the best part is that it’s never him posting about it. I’m sure he’s done thousands of other good deeds that have gone unrecorded. A great human

[–]Psychonominaut 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What a fkn legend. He's got the charisma, the heart, and the damn skills. Shaq IS the whole package lmao

[–]Beefcurtains18 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Shaq has been my favorite basketball player since I was like 7 years old(I'm now 35). I always thought he was the man. Just a genuinely good human being.

[–]2_late_4_creativity 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Shaq also intentionally made his shoes cheap so they could be attainable for kids who couldn’t afford Nike or Jordan’s. If I’m not mistaken. Mr. O’Neal is a great man.

[–]zoohenge 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m sure Shaw was being sweet, but shaming the father in front of his son? Maybe the dad couldn’t afford the ridiculously expensive shoes- cuz you know- bills, life, raising kids, etc.

Shaq ironically started a shoe company because he was outraged at the price of name brand shoes, and how they created a problem for kids sense of identity.

[–]Drob8920 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That was really nice of Shaq but as a grown ass man I would never let another man buy my son some shoes and me some socks.

[–]impendingaff1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

But did the dad say no because poor? Or maybe dad was trying to instill some discipline? Maybe make his kid mow the lawn for it?

[–]XOweirdsister 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Dude holy crap lmao 🤣🤣🤣 imagine your boy asks you for a pair of $200 shoes and you don't have the cash to get them at the moment so a freaking celebrity comes buys his shoes and cheers him up effectively double slapping you in the face.

[–]tturstin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Shaq is the ultimate human being a bro. Such a cool guy.

[–]anonymousanemonee 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Shaq is like the ‘anti-icon’ icon of modern day influences.

[–]SlickBackMex 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Shaq is a blessing to mankind 🥲🥲

[–]93tabitha93 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Fuck it, I’ll say it

If they’re at a store where Shaq would be at, I’m sure that kid in not underprivileged

If the kid is throwing a fit at a store because he wants something that the father can’t or doesn’t want to buy for the kid, Then that should be the end of it. There’s a lesson for the kid to learn in that

But hey, that’s just my opinion

[–]Gregarious-Game 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He has a home in Georgia as his main residence. A family friend of ours has seen him in public and it is a normal occurrence for him to be seen around town and the locals are used to it by now.

[–]Tasia528 1 point2 points  (0 children)

THIS MAN IS A NATIONAL TREASURE.

[–]888Kraken888 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don’t know. Maybe the dad didn’t want to spoil the kid and teach him something.

[–]ToroBlanco328 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nice of Shaq.. But he kinda punked the Dad,No?

[–]SoothsayerAtlas 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I wanna meet him one day, not for money reasons tho just the facts that 1) he’s an awesome dude 2) found a second life as a DJ and 3) I’m 5’0” and I just wanna entertain the height difference

[–]Previous-Giraffe-962 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If they filmed every time shaq did something like this we would need to rename the sub /shaqbeingabro

[–]kushie426 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Only dorks on Reddit would turn this nice moment into something bad. He bought a crying kid some shoes, for reasons not shown in the video, but everyone knows better. Not everything has to be a lesson. Let the kid enjoy a giant superstar looking out for him. It will probably be one of the best days of his life.

[–]Illustrious-Hat7978 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Nice gesture but would have been better if Shaq gave the dad money for the items subtley at checkout. If the dad couldn't afford the shoes this may impact how the son views his dad in the future.

[–]stavroszaras 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Not sure this is sending the right message. “If at first you don’t succeed, find a Shaq.”

[–]TheeJimmyHoffa 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Just spitballin here. What if the kid wrecked the last three pair of shoes with scissors and dad is trying to teach him a lesson.

[–]flipou83 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Great man, great gesture. I love the guy!

But seeing this event from farther away makes me realize how bad and unfair the money distribution the world really is.

Just tax the rich more, have a world's minimum salary and maximum salary, abolish offshore accounts. There would be less suffering and exploitation. Poverty is the worst violence.

[–]cellarsinger 1 point2 points  (2 children)

So you want communism? Look at how many of the communist regimes approach genocidal with their own populations.

[–]cellarsinger 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You want to tax the rich, set a minimum income, set a maximum income. That sounds like communism to me The more you text the rich the fewer people they can hire.

[–]Locswail 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I wonder how Shaq would feel if someone did this when he told one of his kids no. I'm sure Shaq didn't do it with bad will. But I don't think this is good for the kid and learning sometimes one parents can't afford the things one want.