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Shaquille O’Neal had a very big Saturday in Kansas City. The 51-year-old Basketball Hall of Famer began his day by opening a new restaurant and ended his day by bumping beats.
O’Neal, who made a fortune in the NBA, might make even more money as a businessman today. He has seemingly endless investments and ongoings, which include his Big Chicken restaurants.
The chain, which started in 2018, has locations in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, New York, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Tennessee, and Washington. Its newest location opened for the first time on Saturday at the Kansas City airport.
O’Neal was in attendance for the grand opening alongside Mayor Quinton Lucas.
Lucas, 38, is not a tall man, but he is self-aware. He looked miniscule next to the 7-foot-1, 320-pound former center and couldn’t help but have a laugh at his expense.
Not long after leaving the airport, O’Neal and Lucas swung by the T-Mobile Center downtown and caught the Big 12 Tournament game between Texas and Kansas.
After the game concluded, O’Neal moseyed over to the Power & Light District to perform in front of a sold-out crowd. The building was packed to capacity as the Big Aristotle took the stage!
Shaquille O’Neal brought the party with him!
D.J. Diesel had the place bumping throughout the entire afterparty, which is part of the Big 12’s efforts to make its conference “younger, hipper and cooler.”
People of all ages were in the crowd as the Hall of Fame hooper took over on the ones and twos.
To close out his set, O’Neal turned his aim toward the hometown team and trolled the Jayhawks, who had just been blown-out by the Longhorns and missed out on the Big 12 Tournament final.
No matter where O’Neal goes, two things are for certain:
- He is going to be the biggest person in the room.
- It is going to bring a party.
Each point was abundantly true on Saturday!