Shaq Reveals Emotional Story Behind His Name

When you say the name Shaq, only one person comes to mind.

Shaquille O’Neal—the man with a giant smile and even bigger heart to go with it.

But while you may know man behind the name you probably don’t know the story behind the name.

But you will now as Shaq will appear on Saturday’s episode of “Oprah’s Master Class” on OWN, and in this exclusive clip, O’Neal explains where his name comes from:

“My mother is my best friend. My mother had me when she was very young. Her mother was so religious that when she had me out of wedlock, the family kind of turned a cold shoulder. We were alone for a while, just going from place to place. …One day I finally asked my mother, I said, ‘We have Brian’s and Kenny’s and Mike’s and Greg’s in our family, why did you name me Shaquille?’ She said, ‘I wanted to name you something that meant something.’ My name is Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal. Shaquille is an Islamic name that means ‘little,’ Rashaun means ‘warrior.’ She said, ‘You’re my little warrior. I’ve fought with you, I’ve fought for you.'”

Seems like she was half right because O’Neal is certainly a warrior, but he hasn’t been little since he came out of the womb.

I’m pretty sure he could dunk in third grade.

Source: USA Today

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