Heartwarming moment NBA icon Shaquille O'Neal buys stranger's engagement ring for girlfriend as he couldn't afford it

NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal has left basketball fans stunned by his generosity after he paid for a stranger's engagement ring for their girlfriend.

The 49-year-old revealed he was at a store in Atlanta where he overheard an individual discussing a payment plan for the ring.

In a video that has gone viral, the four-time NBA champion handed his credit card to a store clerk, before shaking the customer's hand and patting him on the back.

O'Neal – who was out shopping for hoop earrings at the jewellery store – said he couldn't help but be moved by the gentleman.

Addressing the clip on NBA on TNT, the former Los Angeles Lakers star said: "I was in Zales looking for some loop earrings.

"I seen a guy come in, he was just so shy and he was saying, 'Hey, how much do I owe to pay off my ring?' I was like, 'My man, how much is the ring?'

"I’m not gonna say the amount but… this is just something I do everyday."

After he heard that the man was willing to come back to the store the following month to pay for the ring, O'Neal told him: "Tell your girlfriend I got it. I'll take care of it."

Explaining why he helped out the delighted man, O'Neal – who once poured milk over his testicles -declared: "At first he didn’t want to take it, he’s like 'Nah, I can’t do that'.

"I said don’t worry about that I do it all the time. I’m just trying to make people smile, that’s all."


Fans were loving the incident, as one user tweeted: "Seeing the video of Shaq paying for someone's engagement ring just had me tear up!

"What a wonderful gesture and how much that must have meant to that man."

Another posted: "Amazing guy god sees everything you will get double back god bless you more."

A third added: "Shaq bought an engagement ring for a young man. A random act of kindness. The world needs more random acts of kindness."

Meanwhile one quipped: "Hey @SHAQ I’ll be at the Mercedes dealership next week. I’m a little short on a new ride, you got me?"

Another simply stated: "Say whatever you want about the big fella he's got a heart of gold."

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