A fool and his money are soon parted. The unending string of broke celebrities proves this point over and over again. However, it’s unlikely NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal will join that group anytime soon, since he has learned his lesson about foolish spending.
Shaq — a Trump supporter — recently came across a diamond Superman ring he had purchased years ago when he was still playing basketball. The massive bauble was hidden in one of his drawers at home.
“One of my first bad investments,” O’Neal lamented. “Found it in a drawer the other day.”
Shaq wearing a diamond Superman ring this morning: "One of my first bad investments. Found it in a drawer the other day." pic.twitter.com/MZ2ma6K6fN
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 13, 2017
While spending tens — or hundreds — of thousands of dollars on a diamond Superman ring sounds frivolous (and it is), keep in mind that Shaquille O’Neal’s career earnings reportedly top $290 million.
One of Shaq’s many NBA nicknames was “Superman” due to his obsession with the Man of Steel. O’Neal has a Superman tattoo on his left bicep, a Superman emblem on one of his many cars, and even had a Superman logo on his bed at one point.
Despite the lavish lifestyle he led at the height of his NBA career, O’Neal is known to be an affable, down-to-earth guy. In 2015, Shaq was sworn in as a reserve officer in the Doral (Florida) Police Department.
He was also a reserve officer in Miami Beach, Tempe, Arizona, and the Port of Los Angeles. In 2016, he became a deputy in Atlanta’s Clayton County.
Shaq recently revealed that he plans for run for sheriff in 2020, but has not yet decided where he will run. “In 2020, I plan on running for Sheriff,” he told 11 Alive (see video).
O’Neal said being sheriff is a way for him to restore respect to law enforcement, because he had tremendous respect for the police as a child.
“This is not about politics. This is about bringing people closer together,” Shaq said. “When I was coming up, people loved and respected the police, the deputies. And I want to be the one to bring that back, especially in the community I serve.”
O’Neal said he’s perfect for the job because he can relate to anyone. “I can put on a suit and have a conversation with Bill Gates,” he said. “I can go in the hood and talk to the homies and to the children.”
O’Neal recently raised eyebrows for being one of the few celebrities who vocally support President Donald Trump, whom he calls a longtime friend. “He won fair and square,” O’Neal said. “We have to give him a chance … Donald is a friend of mine.” So much for the liberal media narrative that Trump is racist.
Anti-Trump Hollywood C-listers like Alyssa Milano— who’s broke as a joke— could learn a few things about money management and respect for the presidency from Shaq. It sounds like she could use the coaching.
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