Shaquille O’Neal made his mark on the field as one of the best pvots in the history of the NBA, but he has also earned respect since he retired no longer for his humorous and piercing criticism as a television commentator, who also, but because of his ability to invest in successful businesses that have turned you into a person even richer than when I played.
Have a special nose to detect where you can earn money and does not hesitate to invest. But the money, has shown it many times, it’s not the only important thing for him. Many times has shown his generosity with those most in need, donating large sums to charities and paying the expenses of people without resources who needed it. Has been seen since pay a funeral from a stranger to invite to eat homeless.
One day when I was leaving the court a lady began to scold me saying things like ‘You are the ones to blame for charging these children so much money for the shoes!
That is what motivated him to decline a great offer from Reebok when he was still active in the NBA. The multinational footwear company offered him eight million dollars a year for five seasons to show off its sneakers., and when he was about to accept, he had a casual and revealing encounter with an amateur that made him reject that millionaire.
Revealed it himself Shaquille at Full Send Podcas: “I had a contract with Reebok for 40 million for five years,” he explained. “AND One day when I was leaving the court, a lady began to reprimand me saying things like ‘You, friends, are the ones to blame for charging these children so much money for the slippers! ‘”
I thought about it. I was like, ‘You know he’s right.’ So that very day he cut ties with Reebok. I called them and said, ‘Keep the money. This is not right
That led him to reflect on what he was about to do: “I thought about it. I was like, ‘You know he’s right.’ So that day, I cut ties with Reebok.”confessed Shaq. “… I called them and said: ‘Keep the money. This is not right. I don’t want there to be a fight. Keep wearing his shoes for the remainder of the season, but find my own way to do better. ‘”
Agreement with Walmart to sell low-cost sneakers
Shaq I then entered into negotiations with Walmart and they reached a deal right away to make some inexpensive sneakers. And, even if I didn’t hear many children say: “Hey mom, I want the Shaq 5 for my birthday.”It is a gesture that honors him to have thought then of the less favored who wanted to play basketball.
His slippers They might not be as pretty or elegant as the Jordan, Nike or AdidasBut they were affordable and it gave back some of what it produced to the basketball community. Certainly a commendable gesture, one more, of Shaquille O’Neal.