‘I denounce my fame’: NBA legend Shaq says famous people ‘are crazy’
He might be a superstar athlete, but former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal rejects the fame or at least the culture that so often comes with it.
In a new interview with the New York Post, O’Neal described celebrities as ‘crazy’ and said he didn’t believe his wealth or success made him better than anyone else, describing himself as an ‘ordinary person’ .
“Just because I did it doesn’t mean I’m taller than you,” he said. “Just because I have more money than you doesn’t mean I’m better than you.” I’ve never been like this and I never will be like this.
O’Neal went on to say he didn’t want to be seen as a celebrity.
“I denounce my celebrity today,” he added.
Growing up in poverty in Newark, New Jersey, where he said he “had nothing,” the NBA star told the Post he wanted people to see him not as rich. but like nice.
“I want people to say, ‘My brother, he’s nice. He had no entourage. His people didn’t take my phone because I took a picture and threw it away.
O’Neal used a large portion of his income to help others.
Recently, he funded one of his favorite restaurants in Atlanta that was struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic and government-induced restrictions.
“It’s one of the best things you could have given us.”@SHAQ surprised one of his favorite Atlanta restaurants “Restaurant 10” with $ 35,000 in employee relief funds with @TheGeneralAuto pic.twitter.com/ZyK6uX2zHN
– Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 13, 2021
And in early September, O’Neal announced a partnership with cereal maker Kellogg’s, a philanthropic company aimed at giving college kids better access to sports, Forbes reported.
Taking place in Boston, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando and Phoenix – the six cities where O’Neal has played professional basketball over 19 seasons – the Mission Tiger program will impact some 60,000 children.
“Seeing my face on a box of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, my all-time favorite cereal, is a dream come true,” he said. “[W]What’s even better is that we will help children across the country have better access to sports. Sport teaches invaluable skills that will impact these children for the rest of their lives. “
At the time, when asked how he wanted to be remembered, O’Neal said it was “simple”.
“I want people to say, ‘Shaq was a nice guy.’ And I’m a nice guy.
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