If you are a Basketball fan, then you must have heard of Shaquille O'Neal or better known as Shaq. Shaqir O' Neal is the son of the NBA Hall of Fame player. He is also a basketball player like his father.
Shaqir O'Neal was born on April 19, 2003, in Los Angeles, California, to parents Shaquille O'Neal and Shaunie O'Neal. His birth name is Shaqir Rashaun O'Neal. He has five siblings from his father and mother's relationships. The aspiring player studies at the Crossroads School and plays basketball as a point guard for his school team in Santa Monica, California.
Shaquille's son is not seen dating anyone as of now. He is still immature to enforce himself in any kind of romantic relationship. So, let's chatter regarding his parent's marriage.
On the other hand, his father and mother got married on December 26, 2002, at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The couple has four children together.
The couple's eldest, Shareef O'Neal was born in 2000, and second child Amirah O'Neal was born in 2001 before their marriage. Their other two children Shaqir and Me'arah O'Neal were born after their union in 2006.
On September 4, 2007, Shaqir's parents separated for a while but later reconciled. But this wouldn't be the case in 2009 as Shaunie filed for divorce on November 10, citing "irreconcilable differences".
Parents After the Divorce
Shaqir's dad has been in multiple relationships since his divorce. He was in a relationship with Flavor of Love winner Nicole Alexander from 2010 to 2012.
After breaking up with Nicole, Shaq started dating model Laticia Rolle. The couple dated for four years from 2014 to July 2018. In 2019, he was rumored to be dating actress Annie Ilonzeh. The star of Chicago Fire, Peppermint, American Horror Story, and Empire was seen with Shaq in New York City.
In July of 2019, pictures came out, which showed Shaq with a new girlfriend, Dani Nicole, in Spain. She is a model from Houston, Texas.
O'Neal also has a daughter Taahirah from his previous relationship before his marriage to Shaunie. Likewise, Shaunie also has a son Myles from a relationship before O'Neal.
One of the Wealthiest NBA Family
Shaqir's father has an estimated net worth of $400 million. He has earned his riches from his career as a NBA player and various endorsement deals. According to Forbes, he is the tenth highest earning athlete of all time with career earnings of $700 million.
O'Neal was the first overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft by the Orlando Magic. He stayed there for 4-years from 1992-1996, earning around $17 million.
In 1996, Los Angeles Lakers signed O'Neal on a seven-year deal worth $121 million. He remained with the Lakers for nine seasons from 1996-97 to 2004-05, where he played alongside late Kobe Bryant. His stay there earned him $167 million.
In July 2004, he was traded with Miami Heat. He signed a contract with the heat in August 2005, which was worth $100 million over five years. In the 2007-08 season, he waived the Heats and joined Phoenix Suns, then Cleveland Cavaliers, and finally Boston Celtics in 2010-11. His last four years gained him $62 million in salaries.
Father Outside the Court
Papa O'Neal is a winner inside and outside the court. He has been a smart businessman throughout the years when it comes to spending his money.
He was one of the initial investors of Google and said that it made him huge profits when the company went public. He also at one point in time owned 155 Guys restaurants, which he has since sold.
Shaq purchased 17 Auntie Anne's, a Krispy Kreme and CityPlex12 movie theatre in New Jersey. He also owns a Big Chicken restaurant in Las Vegas and Shaquille's' burger place in LA.
Recently the hall of famer has invested in nine Papa John's stores and receive $8.25 million as an endorsement deal for the brand. He also has dealt with Oreo, Pepsi, and Burger King. He has also worked with Reebook, Toys'R'Us, Carnival Cruise Line, and Vitamin Water, according to USA Today.
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