Four-time NBA champion and hall of fame center Shaquille O’Neal says he no longer wishes to be called a celebrity. O’Neal feels that the manner in which “celebrities” handle themselves is just something he doesn’t want to be apart of. O’Neal said that “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.” The former Los Angeles Laker center feels that just because he has more money, is famous, and “made it,” doesn’t make him better or smarter than anyone else.
During his interview with the New York Post, O’Neal said, “I don’t want to be in that category. 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 said that you’re either a good person or the “a-word.”
O’Neal added he didn’t want to be stereotyped as someone who is “out of their mind.” He said he’s never been the way a lot of these celebrities are and will never be that way. O’Neal said he would rather be known for his kindness and generosity away from television cameras.