Tuesday, October 26, 2021

A Woman Once Called Shaq A ‘Mother-U-Know-What’ & Inspired Him to Turn Down $40M Reebok Deal

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Shaquille O’Neal

*Shaq revealed during a podcast that he turned away a $40 million five-year deal with Reebok after a woman confronted him about his expensive shoes during a game.

On Thursday’s episode of the “Full Send” podcast, O’Neal recalled the moment he ended his deal with Reebok during his NBA career after a woman confronted him about the shoe’s prices at the time. He said the woman called him a “motherf
*cker” for charging too much for sneakers that were targeted for children and should make the shoes more affordable. The NBA champion noted that the moment inspired him to make his own brand and launched a partnership with Walmart to launch the sneakers.

“I said keep the money… this ain’t right. I’ll still wear the shoes I wear during the season, but I’ll be looking to do my own thing. So, I started the Shaq brand. I went to my favorite store, Walmart, and we did a deal. I was in all stores and my price point for the shoes was $29-$19 and since then we have sold over 400 million pairs. It’s not kids that don’t want to wear $20 shoes, they don’t want to wear shoes that look like they cost $20.”

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