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Shaq Pays for Stranger's Engagement Ring

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Shaquille O'Neal speaks during Pepsi Stronger Together and CTG Foundation Atlanta Law Enforcement Press Conference on April 07, 2021 in McDonough, Georgia. (Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Pepsi Stronger Together)

By    |   Thursday, 08 April 2021 10:47 AM

Shaq is paying it forward. 

NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal was shopping Monday in an Atlanta-area jewelry store when he decided to pay for an engagement ring that a man had on layaway. The act of kindness was captured on camera and shared on social media. 

In the footage, Shaq is seen slyly slipping out his credit card and handing it to the store clerk as the man was about to make the purchase.

"I appreciate it," the man says before shaking Shaq's hand. The two then posed for a photo.

The former basketball star and sports commentator spoke about the gesture Tuesday night during the NBA aftershow on TNT.

"This happened yesterday. I was in Zales looking for some new earrings, and I saw a guy," Shaq told his co-hosts. 

"I saw the guy, he was just so shy. He was saying, 'Hey, how much do I owe to pay off the ring,'" he continued. 

It was at that moment that Shaq intervened and brought out his credit card.

"This is something I do every day," he added, recalling a recent incident during which he was out furniture shopping with his mother when he saw a mom with an autistic daughter and offered to pay for their items. 

"I'm into making people happy. So, whenever I leave the house, I just try to do a good deed," he said.

Returning to the topic of the engagement ring, Shaq described the man as a "young kid, a hardworking guy." 

"I said, 'You know what, tell your girlfriend I got it. Take care of her,'" he said. "And at first he didn't want to take it and I said, 'don't worry I do it all the time.' I'm just trying to make people smile."

Shaq has often made headlines for his good deeds. In 2017, he offered to pay for the funeral of a 13-year-old boy who had accidentally shot and killed himself while showing off a gun on Instagram Live. 

"We just broke down and started crying because Malachi didn’t have any insurance," said the boy's godmother, Shantirea Bankston, at the time, according to New York Post. "We wasn't prepared to bury him this young. We didn’t have insurance for him. So to have that from Shaquille O’Neal it was a blessing and very touching, and we appreciate everything he do for the community."

In 2014, Shaq stopped on a busy Florida Interstate Highway to help a family that had crashed their car, Newsweek reported. Upon seeing what had happened, Shaq immediately pulled his vehicle over, hopped out, and asked if the family was all right. He then waited with them until law enforcement arrived at the scene. 

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