- Shaquille O’Neal doesn’t want to be a celebrity anymore
- O’Neal insists he’s just a “normal” and “nice” guy
- The Lakers legend has done a lot of good things for others
An all-time Los Angeles Lakers greats set the record straight for how he wants people to see him inside and out.
In addition to being a Lakers icon, Shaquille O’neal is also a famous TV personality, a movie star and basically a Hollywood figure.
However, in a recent interview with New York Post, O’Neal shockingly denounced his “fame” because he didn’t want to be labeled as one of those big celebrities he called “crazy.”
“These celebrities are going crazy and I don’t want to be one,” O’Neal exclaimed. “I denounce my celebrity today. I’m done with it. I don’t want to be in this category. Celebrities are crazy, they really are. Don’t call me that anymore.
“These people are crazy about the way they treat people, what they do, what they say,” he continued. “It was never me. I never want to be looked at like that.
The NBA Hall of Famer further pointed out that just because he’s already rich and famous doesn’t mean he’s “bigger” and “smarter” than anyone.
“I am an ordinary person who listened, followed their dreams and made them come true,” admitted the Lakers legend. “I started from nothing. But just because I did it doesn’t mean I’m taller than you, smarter than you, just because I have more money doesn’t mean I’m better than you. I’ve never been like this and I never will be like this. So I don’t want to be part of that category of people.
Ultimately, O’Neal revealed that whenever his name pops up in a conversation, he wants people to remember a “nice guy.”
“When they talk about Shaq, what do you say? “He’s a nice guy,” said the NBA 15-star player. “Because what else can you be?” Either you’re nice or you’re the A word, and I certainly won’t be considered the A word.
“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, ”he added.
Indeed, O’Neal made a series of random acts of kindness over the years.
To name a few, he once gifted a fan a laptop for expressing his heartfelt condolences on the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant.
He also donated a house to the family of a 12-year-old shooting victim and has already paid for a fan’s engagement ring.