We have been huge fans of Shaquille O’Neal for a really long time. The 7’1″ center is one of the best to ever play the game. And, let’s be real, his little shimmy on the Gold Bond commercials cracks us up. In short, we adore Shaq.
From 1992 until 2011, we watched Shaquille O’Neal play for a lot of great teams, including the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Boston Celtics. At 325 pounds, Shaq was one of the heaviest players to ever play in the NBA, but that extra weight did not seem to negatively affect his playing at all.
Shaq started his pro career by being named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 1993. Over the course of his long pro career, he really distinguished himself. Shaq was a four time NBA champ, two time NBA scoring champ, and the 2000 NBA Most Valuable Player. Click next to read more about Shaq.
Shaq has also distinguished himself off the basketball court. He has become a media personality, an actor, and a rapper. His 1993 rap debut, Shaq Diesel, even went platinum. Shaq also has acted in several movies and TV shows, often as himself, but sometimes as a fictional character.
But Shaq’s most impressive accomplishment off the court is his Doctor of Education from Barry University. He has also said that he wants to attend law school. But before that, he has big personal plans. Click next to read more.
But Shaq isn’t just sticking with professional accomplishments. He also has a thriving social life. Shaq and his lady, Laticia Rolle, have been together for a while. And it looks like it is really getting serious.
The retired basketball player reportedly popped the question. And he put a $5 million ring on her finger. Rumor has it that the diamond is flawless and colorless.
The couple has been together since 2014. Their public debut was at his birthday party at an Atlanta club. According to reports, Laticia sat on Shaq’s lap for the entire four hours they were at the club.
Laticia is also an athlete. She graduated from Eckerd College in 2010. Laticia, who is 5’6″, played for the school’s basketball team as a guard.
When she was at Eckerd College, Laticia majored in Business Management and Communication. According to some reports, Laticia stated that, when she graduated, she intended to eventually become a CEO and own a restaurant.
In the meantime, she is busy with other business ventures. Laticia and her sister, D’Ana, founded a lifestyle blog called Bluhazl.com. Normally we roll our eyes at anyone running a “lifestyle blog,” but we are withholding judgment on this one.
Laticia Rolle is also a model. Her pics show that she really knows how to play to the camera. Her blue eyes are stunning in every pic she takes.
This will not be Shaq’s first marriage. He was married to Shaunie O’Neal from 2002 to 2011. The couple actually split in 2009, but the divorce dragged out for a while.
Shaq and Shaunie had four kids together. The couple has two daughters, Amirah and Me’arah, and two sons, Shareef and Shaquir. Both Shaq and Shaunie also each had one child from previous relationships.
Congrats on your engagement, Shaq and Laticia! Our fingers are crossed that you have a successful marriage and that it lasts forever. We hope that you will have many happy years together.