Shaquille O’Neal Says That His Daughters Can Stay At Home As Long As They Want But His Sons “Got To Go” By 18
Shaquille O’Neal is known for a lot of things: basketball skills, dynamic acting talent, and an ability to shill everything under the sun (Gold Bond, anyone?). But did you know The General’s second-in-command is also the proud father of six children? And as a father, Shaq has some strict rules when it comes to raising his kids. Namely, if you’re a boy, you’re out the door at 18!
Shaq recently joined The Pivot Podcast to share his views on sports, his divorce, and raising children. The man loves himself a podcast. It’s where he tells his deepest darkest secrets such as “I spend $1000 a week on phone apps” or “The earth is as flat as my acting abilities.” This time, Shaq imparted some sage advice about kicking your kids out of the house. Shaq has three sons (24-year-old Myles B. O’Neal, 22-year-old Shareef O’Neal, and 19-year-old Shaqir O’Neal) and three daughters (25-year-old Taahirah O’Neal, 20-year-old Amirah O’Neal, and 15-year-old Me’arah O’Neal). via People:
On Tuesday’s episode of The Pivot Podcast, the former NBA star, 50, shares that his three daughters can “stay as long as [they] want” while his three sons “got to go” when they turn 18.
O’Neal and his ex-wife Shaunie O’Neal share four kids together — Shareef, Amirah, Shaqir and Me’arah — while Shaunie has a son, Myles, from a previous relationship, and O’Neal has a daughter, Taahirah, with his former girlfriend, Arnetta Yardbourgh.
“I like my girls a little bit better,” O’Neal admits. “Because as a man you have to protect, provide and love your woman.”
You can now add parenting guru to Shaq’s illustrious resume! I guess boys don’t need much protection and provision from their dads. Shaq’s sons have less of a chance of getting something from their father than some random dude at Zales! The former basketball star continued to inadvertently put his sons on blast.
“I trust them more because they’re more sensitive, they’re more caring and they’re thinkers,” he adds of his daughters. “You know how boys are. My boys, you bring something in front of them and they’re gone.”
Ah, the classic male/female dynamic. Girls are sensitive thinkers while boys get easily distracted by HoneyBaked hams. Shaq capped off his lesson on child-rearing by explaining that he expects a male-free home when his sons are adults.
“I tell my boys when y’all get 18 you all got to go. Girls can stay as long as they want,” he continues.
Asked if the former athlete was sincere in his response, O’Neal replies, “I’m dead serious.”
“[The girls] can stay as long as y’all want, take your time. Go to college, get your master’s, get your doctorate, I’ll pay for it, take your time,” he says.
You can catch Dr. Shaq, child psychologist’s pearls of wisdom starting at 14:50.
So, there you have it. If you’re a boy, get ready to take out some student loans! If his kids need some financial support, my recommendation is to launch an app business. They’re guaranteed at least $1000 a week income!