Shaq pays for 5 year old murder victim's funeral
Old 11-26-2009, 11:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Meanwhile, O'Neal's time spent resting has evidently included charity work. According to the Fayetteville Observer, O'Neal has paid for the funeral of Shaniya Davis, a 5-year-old who last week was found murdered in North Carolina. Police have said the girl's mother, Antoinette Davis, sold her daughter into sexual slavery.

"I was sitting at home watching it on the news and the story brought a tear to my eye," O'Neal said Wednesday. "Being a law enforcement guy that investigates crimes against children, I wanted to be able to help in some way."

The funeral is estimated to cost between $2,500 and $5,000. O'Neal's gesture is not unprecedented. In 2005 he paid for the funeral of legendary L.A. Lakers big man George Mikan. Davis' father, Bradley Lockhart, started a trust fund to raise money to help with the costs of his daughter's funeral and burial. That money will now go to help local groups and charities working with neglected children, according to the Fayetteville newspaper.

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Old 11-26-2009, 11:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow

Maybe even Gilbert Arena's could appreciate this
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Old 11-26-2009, 01:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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shaqs like oprah, fat and donates for his image
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Old 11-26-2009, 01:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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shaqs like oprah, fat and donates for his image

Gilbert wouldn't agree
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Old 11-26-2009, 01:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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See I don't think Shaq does do it for the image, because he doesn't NEED to.

He's done it all before, I believe it's genuire.

I remember reading a story in Rick Reilly's book about how Shaq heard one of the announcers kids (at a road game) was sick and had to cancel his birthday party and was really upset.

So Shaq rolled over there with an N64 (I think) and spent the afternoon playing with him.

That's awesome. Despite his ego issues, I think those acts are genuine. I think he thinks everyone already loves him, he wouldn't do it for that.

Oprah on the other hand, I agree.
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Old 11-26-2009, 02:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I remember in the past he donated money to the toronto Police force or something.

he's done a lot of good.
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Old 11-26-2009, 03:36 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Very decent. Don't think it's an image thing with him either. Just seems like a good dude, especially when it comes to kids. I remember watching an interview he did and he mentioned he has a soft spot for kids, in part because he feels he's like a big kid himself.
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This is why I don't watch the news. Most of the stories advertising good will and charity stem from man implemented strife and dread.
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Wow. Shaq is amazing. I don't care how much better Dwight is than Shaq now, it takes someone special to do the things Shaq does off the court. Oh, and as for the mother, wtf? Sold her 5 year old to be a sex slave? Thats f**king messed up. I hope she isn't invited to the funeral.
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Old 11-27-2009, 01:39 AM   #11 (permalink)
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See I don't think Shaq does do it for the image, because he doesn't NEED to.

He's done it all before, I believe it's genuire.

I remember reading a story in Rick Reilly's book about how Shaq heard one of the announcers kids (at a road game) was sick and had to cancel his birthday party and was really upset.

So Shaq rolled over there with an N64 (I think) and spent the afternoon playing with him.

That's awesome. Despite his ego issues, I think those acts are genuine. I think he thinks everyone already loves him, he wouldn't do it for that.

Oprah on the other hand, I agree.
I remember hearing a story on ESPN about Shaq when he was leaving the lakers practice facility. He spotted one of the workers who worked at the facility getting into an old beater car. Shaq yelled at him and replied "Hey! Are you going to get on the freeway with that thing?" He replied saying "yes." So shaq took him for a drive to a car dealership and bought him a $30,000 car just like that.
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Old 11-27-2009, 07:28 AM   #12 (permalink)
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He also lowered the price on his shoes when he was in LA because he saw a mother cry from the high cost of other basketball shoes which she wanted to get for her son.
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