Shaquille O’Neal bursts his son’s dreams of waiting for Rihanna: ‘She don’t want u she want me i’m sexier’

Brad Sullivan
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Los Angeles Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal took a playful shot at his son Shareef after the younger O’Neal joked about waiting on social media for singer Rihanna.


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Shaquille O'Neal and Shareef O'Neal

The younger O’Neal, currently plays at Louisiana State University, the alma mater of his father. In his two seasons at the school, the younger O’Neal has produced modest stats.

In contrast, the elder O’Neal delivered numbers that eventually resulted in the Orlando Magic taking him with the top overall pick of the 1992 NBA Draft.

Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, is 33 years old and has been prominent in the music industry for more than a decade.

That prominence has resulted in Rihanna expanding her business interests into a number of different areas. The combination of her music and business concerns would seemingly preclude her from taking much time to respond to comments on social media.

Most parents might raise an eyebrow at the prospect of their 21-year-old son trying to get the attention of a 33-year-old celebrity like Rihanna.

However, the elder O’Neal has been a celebrity for the past three decades and presumably knows his son well enough to offer his joking comments.

The elder O’Neal has remained busy since his retirement from the NBA. Besides serving as a commentator on NBA broadcasts for TNT, he continues to also be a popular choice for advertisers to pitch their products.

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Brad is a freelance writer for, who can clearly recall watching Lakers games in 1972 as they captured the first of their 11 Los Angeles-based titles. The franchise's evolution into a beloved and iconic franchise among its fan base since that memorable year allows for a wider perspective to be a part of his writing about the team's current fortunes.