Look: Shaq spent his 46th birthday giving money away in the worst way possible


For his 46th birthday, NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal decided to give away some of his money.

While the act of kindness is noble, it was O’Neal’s delivery method that turned heads.

In a video posted on social media Tuesday, Shaq revealed that he tied “a couple hundred dollars” to the various strings of a balloon bouquet before letting it fly.

He urged viewers to notify him if they ended up being the lucky recipient of his cash gift.

“Thanks for all the birthday wishes,” O’Neal wrote in the tweet, which he tagged with “moneyballonchallenge.”

3 People Taken Into Custody After Nursing Student Found Dead on University Campus

Although the “Inside the NBA” analyst had his heart in the right place, many observers couldn’t help but point out the potential pitfalls of sticking a couple of Benjamin Franklins to a set of balloons and hoping it ends up in the hands of a fan.

However, while criticisms were littered throughout the responses to his post, others took the time to praise the NBA legend for his generous gesture.

QB CJ Stroud Talks About Dropping 40 Points on NBA 'Star,' Shows Micah Parsons What He Did Against 'NBA Level Talent'

The charitable act is far from being O’Neal’s first. While a dominant playing style and larger-than-life personality are typically the first traits that come to mind when people think of Shaq, his inclination to give and help others has also been a constant throughout his career in the spotlight.

Do you think Shaq's cash giveaway via balloon was a good idea?

He has raised more than $1 million for the Boys & Girls Club and in 2015 helped raise more than $5.8 million for Toys For Tots.

But O’Neal’s most notable charitable stunt is probably his “Shaq-A-Claus” routine in which he dresses up in a Santa outfit and delivers gifts to children of impoverished families.

And in an attempt to protect his community, O’Neal became Deputy Diesel after being sworn in as a sheriff’s deputy for the Clayton County, Georgia, Sheriff’s Office in 2016.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.