Shaq makes his (giant) presence known around North Texas
Since NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal moved to town a few weeks ago — purchasing a modest $1.2 million, 5,000-square foot home in a gated subdivision in Carrollton — the 7-foot-1, 15-time NBA all-star has been out and about, ingratiating himself in his new community.
What happened: At a Best Buy in Dallas, he bought a random couple a washing machine and a 70-inch TV.
- He also gave a woman sitting on a bench across the street from Babe's Chicken a bag of food, a bottle of cold water and a hundred bucks.
- He stopped to take a selfie with a Carrollton cop. (As of earlier this year, Shaq was a badge-carrying major with the Henry County Sheriff's Office in Georgia.)
- He also dropped by a basketball camp at a middle school in Roanoke.
Flashback: Even before he moved here, Shaq — who spent part of his childhood in San Antonio — has been making public appearances in Texas.
- Last fall, when F1 came to Austin, Shaq entertained spectators, performing a set as DJ Diesel.
- In February, he spoke at a fundraiser for a private school in Southern Dallas.
The very, very big picture: This is just what Shaq does. For years he has sprinkled cash and life lessons on total strangers wherever he goes — usually without much media attention.
The bottom line: Because he plans to open dozens of North Texas locations of his own chicken restaurant over the next year, we expect to see much more of DJ Diesel.
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