Despite Losing Millions Due to Her Addiction, Shaquille O’Neal Signs Five Figure Donation Only to Share Precious Moment With Mom Lucille

Shaquille O’Neal got it from his momma. His do-gooder inspiration that is. Lucille O’Neal has earned the credit for making her NBA superstar son into a philanthropic powerhouse. She’s the reason the big-hearted Big Diesel buys a special present for random strangers on a whim. At Shaq’s biggest charity night on his calendar, he made his mom the star of the show by his generosity.

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The Event is Shaq’s annual fundraising concert for his nonprofit. He brings in the biggest stars together to make donations worth every penny. And he made sure his mom had the best seat in the house.

Shaquille O’Neal treats his mom to expensive front-row seats


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On October 7, the MGM Grand in Las Vegas hosted The Event, the charity concert benefiting the Shaquille O’Neal Foundation. In its third year, the curator behind it, the Los Angeles Lakers legend himself, made it even better with Grammy glam. But the star of the show is not Jennifer Hudson or John Legend. It was Lucille O’Neal.

Music, comedy, entertainment, and a live auction are the highlights of The Event. Shaq made sure his mom enjoyed it properly by buying her an exclusive table on stage. Lucille got the royal seat to watch Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Anderson Paak, and Dan + Shay perform live.

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Shaq wasn’t exploiting organizer privileges. He paid $20,000 for his mom’s single table, which goes entirely to charity.

With the jaw-dropping splurge, he happily invited his mom to her special seat. “Come up here momma,” he said when he escorted her to her seat. Apart from enjoying the EGOT icons up close, Mama Diesel also danced with Anderson .Paak. He would make that night even better by bidding $50,000 and winning her a lavish vacation to Bora Bora.

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The Event benefits the four-time champion’s eponymous foundation that is a huge supporter of youth programs across the country. The Boys and Girls Club is the biggest benefactor.

Recently, Shaq and Lucille inspected the status of their contribution at a local chapter of the organization in Texas. Together, they’re a philanthropic force which he credits to his mom.

Shaq’s mom makes him kinder


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Lucille has shaped Shaquille O’Neal in more ways than we can count.

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She molded his definition of ‘rich’ when she sacrificed personal joys like new clothes and a car to raise her kids. She went through several hardships in her life and Shaq confessed he didn’t make it easy on her. Lucille also battled her own demons, struggling with addiction when her son’s pro-basketball career was on the rise.

Lucille admitted she squandered her son’s earnings on her problems before fixing herself. His mother is the reason Shaq went back to school and finished three degrees. He’d then put his mother through college and restart her life.


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Shaq has only given back tenfold for all the sacrifices Lucille made when he and his siblings were children. What do you think about this heartwarming mother-son duo?

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