Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal shelled out $25,000 while having dinner with a mystery woman, who he was heard describing as ‘my date’, and footing the bill for every customer who was at an upscale restaurant in New York. York.
O’Neal, who reportedly has a net worth of $400 million, was seen having dinner with company at the Jue Lan Club in Chelsea on Sunday night, where he ordered Beijing chicken, shrimp tempura and the restaurant’s specialty – chicken kebabs. .
“She made all the requests,” an inside source told Page Six. After enjoying their respective meals, O’Neal and his companion left the restaurant with a hefty tip that staff later described as ‘the biggest tip they’ve ever received’.
The NBA Hall of Fame also did not want to draw attention to the restaurant, as he told employees to be discreet and not let other customers know that he would cover their meal expenses.
‘And to top it off, he paid everyone’s check [who was] dinner at the restaurant’, which had more than 40 tables.
He also instructed waiters and waiters not to let any customers present know that he was having dinner there as he wanted to avoid the spotlight.
It is still unclear who the mystery woman is and how much O’Neal’s dinner costs.
Shaquille O’Neal, 50, had dinner at an upscale Chinese restaurant on Sunday with a mystery woman and paid all the customers’ bills, coming to a total sum of $25,000.
The former NBA star felt generous at the restaurant by giving employees “the biggest tip they’ve ever received,” according to an insider.
The Laker legend ordered Beijing chicken, shrimp tempura (pictured) and chicken kebabs at the restaurant
O’Neal told staff not to alert other customers at the restaurant that he would pay their bills for them.
The former Laker, who is best remembered for his best years in Los Angeles, along with now-deceased NBA star teammate and NBA star Kobe Bryant, said in a podcast last year that his six children will have to work hard to benefit. of your wealth.
‘My children are older now. They’re kind of pissed off at me — not really pissed off — but they don’t understand,” he told the Earn Your Leisure podcast.
“Because I tell them all the time. We are not rich. I’m rich,’ he added.
‘You have to have a bachelor’s or master’s degree [degrees] and so if you want me to invest in one of your companies, you’ll have to introduce it… bring it to me, I’ll let you know,’ O’Neal said, sending a message to his children. “I’m not giving you anything.
He then emphasized on the one unconditional rule that all his children must follow: education.
“I don’t care if you play basketball. I don’t care about any of that,” Shaq continued.
“Listen, I have six children,” he said further, referring to sons Shareef and Shaqir, as well as daughters Me’arah, Amirah and Taahirah. “I would like a doctor, someone who owns a hedge fund, a pharmacist, a lawyer, someone who has a lot of businesses, someone who takes care of my business.”
“But I tell them I won’t give it to you. You have to earn it,’ he warned them.
O’Neal, who has a net worth of $400 million, previously stated that his children (pictured) must work hard to earn their investment.
Not much is revealed about O’Neal’s love life, other than the fact that he was married to TV personality Shaunie Nelson from 2002 to 2011.
The couple initially split after five years of marriage in 2007, but reconciled shortly afterwards. However, in 2009, Nelson filed for divorce in a Miami-Dade court, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’. The divorce was not finalized until two years later.
‘I was bad,’ O’Neal told The Pivot Podcast in April, and even described his ex-wife as ‘amazing’. ‘She really was. It was all me,” he added.
The 50-year-old did not elaborate on ‘what [he] was doing ‘wrong, but admitted that ‘I wasn’t protecting her and protecting those votes’.
‘Sometimes when you live this double life, you get caught. I won’t say it was her. It was all me,” he said without going any further.
O’Neal and ex-wife Shaunie Nelson were married from 2002 to 2011. The former NBA player hinted that he led a ‘double life’ near the end of his marriage to Nelson.
And while Nelson recently married a pastor in Anguilla this year, there are still rumors that O’Neal is playing the field.
In the summer of 2010, O’Neal started dating another TV star – Nicole ‘Hoopz’ Alexander. The couple lived together on O’Neal’s estate in Sudbury, Massachusetts, before splitting two years later.
O’Neal started dating Laticia Rolle, a model, in 2014, before things broke up in 2018.
Since 2019, the man nicknamed ‘Big Diesel’ has been rumored to be dating General Hospital star Annie Ilonzeh.
Three years ago, the couple were seen with their hands on each other on a yacht in Formentera, Spain, by DailyMail.com.
COSY: O’Neal aboard a yacht in Formentera, Spain in 2019 with General Hospital star Annie Ilonzeh