People living in the Dallas-Fort Worth area should start hanging around Best Buy because a 7-foot basketball legend is rolling around playing Santa Claus to lucky area residents.
Shaquille O’Neal, the newest transplant to the Lone Star State, took care of the electronics bill for a couple of customers in a local Dallas area Best Buy. The surprise altruism happened last week when the NBA analyst was out perusing the newest electronics and ran into a couple looking to purchase a washing machine.
O’Neal reportedly began talking with the couple during the holiday weekend and decided to pay for the washing machine they planned to buy. But that wasn’t all; Shaq pulled out his credit card and also threw in a 70-inch TV because that’s just how Shaq rolls.
In the words of Fabolous, just throw it in the bag!
Shaq was in the electronics store reportedly because “he just loves seeing new things in the tech world.”
“I just want to make people happy,” Shaq said to Page Six.
However, Dallas is just the latest area Shaq is showing his love to, as he is known to spread love the Brooklyn way notoriously.
While eating in New York City at a Chelsea hotspot called Jue Lan Club last month, O’Neal blessed the wait staff with $2,500 in tips.
There were original reports that Shaq covered dinner, totaling $25,000, for all the restaurant’s diners.
O’Neal clarified on an episode of “The Big Podcast with Shaq” that he did not pick up the tab at Jue Lan Club, but he did pay around $2,500 in tips to the wait staff.
Shaq also recently DJ’ed in Buffalo, New York, and afterward he donated his $50,000 fee to the family of one of the victims of the May 14 mass shooting at Tops Friendly Markets in Buffalo. Three years ago, Shaq donated a house in the Atlanta area to the family of a 12-year-old boy who was shot and left paralyzed.
Isaiah Payton was a then-12-year-old who was shot outside a football stadium in southeast Atlanta. When Shaq heard that the hospital couldn’t release Isaiah because the family’s home couldn’t accommodate him, he decided to help out by donating a house to his family.
“We found her [Isaiah’s mother, Allison Wood] a house in College Park in a nice area,” O’Neal told WXIA. “I’m going to pay her rent off for the year.”
The four-time NBA champion and three-time Finals MVP grew up in San Antonio, Texas, but has lived in Florida for years. However, he sold the residence in October and has returned to Dallas-Fort Worth. With Shaq still having multiple homes across the country in Los Angeles and Atlanta, you never know in what city Shaq Claus will feel generous again.