Shaquille O'Neal paid for a stranger's engagement ring after he saw him shopping: 'I'm just trying to make people smile'

Shaquille O'Neal paid for a stranger's engagement ring after he saw him shopping: 'I'm just trying to make people smile'
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  • Shaquille O'Neal recently paid for the engagement ring that he saw a stranger buying.
  • After video of the encounter emerged, O'Neal said he didn't mean for the footage to get out.
  • "I'm just trying to make people smile," he said.

NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal took part in a random - and expensive - act of kindness on Monday, when he decided to pay for the engagement ring he happened to see a stranger buying.

After video of O'Neal buying the ring was shared on social media, he addressed the incident during TNT's NBA post-game show on Tuesday night.

"I saw the guy come in, he was just so shy," O'Neal said. "He was saying, 'Hey, how much do I owe to pay off the ring.'"
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Shaq said he decided to help the man out, so he put down his credit card to pay for the ring.

"I was like, 'You know what, tell your girlfriend I got it. Take care of her.'" Shaq said.

"At first he didn't want to take it," Shaq continued. "He was like, 'Man I can't do that.' But I told him, 'Don't worry about it, I do it all the time.'"
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O'Neal said that although he didn't mean for the moment to become public, helping strangers is something he tries to do regularly.

"I'm into making people happy," Shaq said. "Whenever I leave the house, I just try to do a good deed. I didn't mean for that to get out, because I don't do it for that, but the guy just came in. He was a hard-working guy.""I'm just trying to make people smile," O'Neal added.
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