Shaquille O’Neal gets honest about parenting and what he wants from his six children

Shaquille O’Neal becomes open about his parenting style. During a recent meeting, the former NBA star gave a transparent look at what he expects from his children and how lenient he is when it comes to lending money.

While speaking to 7NEWS Australia about what he wants from his children, the former Los Angeles Lakers star shared that while he will forever be a source of support for his children, they still have to make an effort.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 28: Shaquille O’Neal is interviewed during the PointsBet Built Differently Media Event at Cargo Hall on August 28, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images for TLA)

“They know they have to resort to things, but it’s not going to be that easy. To get my cheese, you have to show me two degrees,” the 50-year-old father told the outlet. “So I just keep them motivated and happy.”

Despite a highly successful basketball career that was the springboard to a $400 million empire of endorsements and brand partnerships, appearances on half a dozen teams and four championships he won under the Miami Heat’s Lakers banner, Shaq is not in it Business selling tire dreams.

“I’m teaching them about intergenerational wealth right now,” he told reporters. “I tell them all the time; We don’t need another NBA player in the house. If you want to play I can help you get there. But I’d rather see a doctor, a dentist, a vet, a world traveler, a hedge fund guy.”

However, the former athlete and father of six has several children who have followed in his footsteps in their love of the sport. All but two of Shaq’s children have picked up the sport and played at varying levels.

Shaq may be considered one of the greatest ballplayers of all time to millions around the world, but he is only the father of Me’arah, Shaqir, Amirah, Shareef and Myles, whom he shares with his ex-wife, Shaunie Henderson. The latter of the children is from the reality star’s previous relationship. Shaq also has a daughter, Taahirah O’Neal, his first born, with his former girlfriend Arnetta Yardbourgh. The couple dated for four years in the early ’90s.

The former All-Star later met Shaunie, and the couple married in 2002 and subsequently had marital problems. The couple separated and attempted a reconciliation; however, it didn’t last. They eventually divorced in 2011. Shaquille O’Neal gets honest about parenting and what he wants from his six children

James Brien

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