Shaquille O'Neal Donates $50K DJ Fee to Buffalo Shooting Victim's Family

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVJune 25, 2022

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Long known as one of the most generous and charitable athletes in sports, Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal spread his wealth once again this week.

According to TMZ Sports, Shaq donated the $50,000 he earned from a DJ gig in Buffalo, New York, to the family of one of the victims of the May 14 mass shooting at a Buffalo grocery store.

O'Neal performed in downtown Buffalo on Friday night under the name DJ Diesel as part of Shaq's Bass All-Stars.

While in Buffalo, Shaq spoke to the family of Aaron Salter Jr., who was a retired police officer doing security work at Tops Friendly Markets at the time of last month's shooting.

Salter reportedly engaged with and shot the gunman when he entered the store, but the bullets didn't pierce the gunman's body armor, allowing him to shoot and kill Salter.

Salter was one of 13 people shot, with 18-year-old Payton Gendron charged with 10 counts of first degree murder and three counts of attempted murder as a hate crime and first degree domestic act of terrorism. He has pleaded not guilty.

Eleven of the people shot were Black, and Attorney General Merrick Garland told CNN the shooting is being investigated "as a hate crime and an act of racially motivated violent extremism."

O'Neal himself has a background in law enforcement.

The four-time NBA champion and three-time Finals MVP was a reserve police officer for part of his time with the Los Angeles Lakers and served in similar roles in Florida, Arizona and Virginia as well.

This week marked the latest in a long line of charitable endeavors for O'Neal, especially in relation to the victims of gun violence.

Three years ago, Shaq donated a house in the Atlanta area to the family of a 12-year-old boy who was shot and left paralyzed.


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