At 48, the former player has new plans related to TV and engines.
Nearly a decade after retirement, Shaquille O’Neal continues to have millions of fans and offers to pursue non-basketball projects.
The former player born in New Jersey on March 6, 1972 is news for two facts: one, confessed to spending a million dollars in an hour. Two: he’s involved in a series.
The former basketball player spoke in an interview with Daymond John, an American businessman and investor, who also participates in a renowned program called Shark Tank. There he told that he made a lot of money with the Orlando Magic and that he knew how to lose it in a matter of minutes.
“After signing my first endorsement deal, I spent a million dollars in an hour. It was on several luxury cars, jewelry, and a trip to Las Vegas.”, he detailed. “I was spending so much cash that my bank manager warned me that I would be ruined if I kept spending like crazy.”
Beyond that extravagance, “Shak” announced that Shaq’s Garage is coming, an animated series that will have him as the main character.
It is an action-comedy fiction that will narrate The secret adventures of the former NBA player’s collection of cars and trucks. The premiere is scheduled for early 2022 on the free channel Kartoon.
O’Neil just made a cameo in Adam Sandler’s latest Netflix movie, Hubbie Halloween. And he stated in a statement published by The Hollywood Reporter que “The goal of the series is to showcase the most incredible assortment of vehicles that can only be found in my garage.”
“All cars will have their own personalities, their missions and, of course, their lush sound system.”
As he remarked, fiction will have an important diversity component: “It will be a children’s program in which we will emphasize inclusion.”
O’Neil himself will voice the largest car in the series, named Big Diesel. ABG Entertainment, one of the divisions of Authentic Brands Group, will be responsible for the animated comedy.
The 2.16 meter tall man maintains an unstoppable television career since before leaving the sport in 2011 he ventured into the small screen. First it was with a series of reality shows that he himself starred in: Shaq’s Big Challenge (2007) and Shaq vs (2009). Later, he became a sportscaster on the TNT channel. In that same chain he premiered in April Shaq Life, a documentary series about his life.
The former athlete admits to having had “bad relationships with basketball and gastronomy entrepreneurs” and not having received “a good education when it comes to finances.” Now he is more cautious when it comes to splurging and when it comes to investing. “I had to learn after they took advantage of me.”
Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal -his full name- Today he has more than 17 million followers on his Instagram. His fans do not forget his sporting achievements. He won four NBA championships, three with the Los Angeles Lakers and one with the Miami Heat, in addition to finishing runner-up with the Orlando Magic in 1995 and with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2004 …