Shaquille O’Neal, popularly known as Shaq, is known as one of the greatest sportsmen on and off the court. While he’s known for a lot of good deeds, this time the former USA basketball player ended up buying things for another little boy from a store, winning hearts online.
Shaq, who makes a point of paying for someone’s items every time he finds himself in a supermarket, recently saw a little boy sulking around the checkout line. Seeing the boy visibly upset, he inquired about his sadness.
Surprised to see the famous NBA player, the boy identified as Zion, still in disbelief, tried to hold back tears. The boy explained that he got in trouble for not listening to his father while he was in the store and that made his father angry.
“Shaq said, go give your dad a hug and tell him you’re sorry,” read the boy’s Instagram post. “That’s exactly what I did when he told me to listen to my parents.”
The basketball legend then asked why he didn’t have any shoes today. “My parents just came to get me a coat. Shaquille O’Neal then said, let’s get some shoes.
According to the post, the sports star not only gifted the child two pairs of shoes, but he also paid for his coat and some socks that his father bought. “I am beyond grateful and blessed. What a day? I’m still in shock and can’t stop talking about this incredible moment,” the post added.
The boy was also thrilled that the veteran player took the time to watch his basketball practice videos and told him he was a “beastmaster”. The boy expressed his gratitude and said he hopes to become an NBA one day.
The post went viral after Good News Movement shared it on their page, with many remembering their personal experience with Shaq and how he came across to everyone he meets in stores.
“Love how Shaq is always blessing random people he sees wherever he is,” one user commented. “The love of seeing stories like these… restores faith in humanity,” another remarked.