NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal was feeling generous after a recent date. At around 8:30 p.m., the retired basketball player and sports analyst showed up at the Jue Lan Club with a mystery woman.
At the end of the night, he paid the bill — for everyone at the restaurant.
According to a Page Six insider, O’Neal, 50, walked in with the unnamed woman, who he was heard calling “my date.” The pair ordered Beijing chicken, shrimp tempura, and the restaurant’s famous chicken satay.
“She did all the ordering,” the insider said.
After their meal, O’Neal bought dinner for the restaurant’s entire server team.
“And to top that off, he paid for everyone’s check (who was) dining at the restaurant,” the insider added.
O’Neal reportedly hid his generosity from other diners. According to Page Six, he asked the staff not to mention he was paying for over 40 tables until he left.
We’re told the bill amounted to “well over $25,000” in checks.
O’Neal was also “extremely generous” to Jue Lan’s staff. “He left them the biggest tip they’ve ever received,” the source said.
When we asked about O’Neal’s pricey date, his rep didn’t respond.
The Lakers icon was dating Annie Ilonzeh in 2021. He blamed himself for his 2011 divorce from Shaunie, who married pastor Keion Henderson in May.
Shaq is no stranger to good deeds. Over the years, he has been reported to have done numerous acts of kindness, from loaning money to fellow athletes, to buying MacBooks for random kids, to paying off a complete stranger’s engagement ring debt.
Shaquille O’Neal is a legend on and off the court and a funny, generous person.