Shaq Abandons Celebrity Status

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NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal said that he no longer wants to be considered a celebrity because of how poorly celebrities treat other people, and instead wants to be remembered for his kindness, rather than his abilities as a basketball player and analyst.

“These celebrities are going freaking crazy and I don’t want to be one. I denounce my celebrity-ness today. I’m done with it,” he O’Neal said in a Friday interview with the New York Post.

“I don’t want to be in that category,” he continued. “Celebrities are crazy, they really are. Don’t call me that anymore. These people are out of their freaking mind with how they treat people, what they do, what they say. That’s never been me. I never want to be looked at like that.”

O’Neal, a four-time champion during his 19-year NBA career, also pointed out that, while celebrities typically get stereotyped as people who are “out of their mind,” he wants to distance himself from that category as he just to be seen as a nice guy.

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