Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal pays off engagement ring for random man at jewelry store

Buying an engagement ring for a future spouse can be stressful enough. But Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal made it a lot easier for one man.

During a segment on NBA on TNT, in which O'Neal serves as an analyst, he spoke about how he paid off the price of an engagement ring for a man who was shopping at a jewelry store after a video of the moment went viral.

"This happened yesterday," O'Neal said on the broadcast. "So I was in Zales, looking for some loop earrings and I seen the guy come in and he was just so shy and he was saying, 'Hey, how much do I owe to pay off my ring?' So I said, 'My man, how much is the ring?' I'm not going to say the amount, but it's not much for me."

“I’m just trying to make people smile… That’s all.”@SHAQ helped a young man out at a local jewelry store by paying for his engagement ring. pic.twitter.com/eK8n0YHGb7

In the video, O'Neal is seen apparently squaring away the bill with the associate before he goes to shake the hand of the man who was buying the ring and then patting him on the back.

"I didn't mean for that to get out because I don't do it for that," O'Neal continued. "The guy just came in, he was a young kid, hard-working guy and was saying, 'Hey I can come back in the next month, and the next month' like layaway, he puts the money down. So I said, 'Tell your girlfriend I got it. I'll take care of it.' At first, he didn't want to take it and said 'I can't do that' so I said 'Don't worry about it, I do it all the time.' I'm just trying to make people smile, that's all."


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