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Shaq Buys Dinner For an Entire Restaurant’s Diners and Staff

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We all know Shaquille O’Neal as having a big personality that’s always entertaining and fun, but he also has a penchant for generosity that’s just as big. In that past he’s been known to randomly treat folks and their families to shopping sprees. He’s even helped a man buy an engagement ring for his future fiancée. In his latest benevolent exploit, Shaq treated a whole restaurant’s staff and its diners to dinner.

O’Neal’s business acumen is well-documented, as the former NBA star and current NBA on TNT personality has made wise investments in a diverse portfolio of fast food franchises and more.

He recently put his net worth of around $400 million to compassionate use by paying the dinner bill for over 40 tables and the whole server team at Jue Lan Club in New York, as reported by Page Six.

Shaq ultimately foot the $25,000+ bill for all, even including a very thoughtful and unselfish gratuity for the Jue Lan Club’s staff.

O’Neal has had many nicknames throughout the years, from The Big Aristotle to The Big Diesel. Now we have to add The Big Generosity to that long list of AKAs.

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Watch Shaq Get Pranked With a Smoothie Containing Lotion and Ranch

The uproarious hijinks that go on during any episode of Inside The NBA are a part of the special recipe that’s made the Hall of Fame show so legendary and beloved. A main culprit in said hijinks is Shaquille O’Neal, usually on the receiving end of a prank or mishap.

The Big Fella played the hilarious victim again, after co-host Kenny Smith became fed up of Shaq making fun of his healthy eating habits and chose to exact revenge. How? By way of a nasty smoothie he concocted, made up of random ingredients like Metamucil fiber supplement, Aveeno lotion and ranch dressing.

The segment starts with Shaq taking a cautious sip of said smoothie, followed by showing surprising approval for how it tasted. “This is nice,” he admitted. “I taste cranberry and pineapple.”

Kenny then went straight for the big reveal, unveiling the list of ingredients that went into it in a separate video clip recorded earlier in the day, before blending it all together, ready to ruin The Big Diesel’s day.

The thoroughly unamused look on Shaq’s face afterwards, his gagging reactions and Kenny ducking behind Charles Barkley made for another side-splitting moment by the Inside The NBA crew.

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Shaq Is Trying To Take Over The Fried Chicken Scene

NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal is causing some waves throughout the City of Sin by opening his Big Chicken restaurant, right as fried chicken is having a moment in the food world.

With five restaurants already sprinkled around Las Vegas, Shaq decided to open another, this one with a little more hooplah surrounding it, thanks to his collaboration with Facebook.

The NBA legend’s Big Chicken restaurant opened off the strip this October, and the “Big Aristotle” built an entire Facebook Watch show around the process, from the ideation period all the way to the celeb-driven grand opening.

While Shaq told Foodbeast he didn’t really plan on expanding the chicken restaurant, his mind changed a few weeks later, as Carnival Cruise announced that the big man would be setting up his Big Chicken shack aboard the brand new Carnival Radiance in 2020.

With the emergence of cult chicken shops such as Howlin’ Ray’s in Los Angeles or quickly-expanding chains such as Raising Cane’s, fried chicken is being sought after more than ever.


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Shaq is now entering this competitive arena, not just putting his name on a building, but carefully constructing it from the ground up, as has been documented on his Big Chicken Shaq show.

“I don’t really like doing cash grabs in my life,” O’Neal said. “Everybody loves fried chicken, and I just wanted to do it differently.”

From the textures in the design, with his footprints on the floors, to using his mama’s secret recipe on top of giant “antibiotic-free” chicken breasts, Shaq made a point to have say in the restaurant’s entire makeup.

As far as the chicken itself, Mama O’Neal sure knew what she was doing.

Being at the soft opening, and being asked to be brutally honest by Shaq himself, I can honestly say that he has a game-winning free throw here.

The spice-filled batter is delicious, with the chicken fried to order being a nice touch. The flavor combinations work, and having fresh guacamole on deck is always a plus.


If this was going to work for Shaq, in a city that is already rife with great food options, this chicken was going to have to be top notch, and at least in the opening, it was.

It’s still early, but the reception on Yelp seems to be good, as well. Aside from some wrong orders being sent out —which was also a problem during the soft opening—customers are digging the food and friendly service.

While Shaq might not have intended Big Chicken to be a chain, it’s quickly looking like it might end up in that direction.

With the “Big Diesel” working closely on this passion project, he could shake up the fried chicken scene the way he shook the basket with every monstrous dunk.

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Watch Shaquille O’Neal Get Wrecked By The One Chip Challenge

Shaquille O’Neal is notorious for his ridiculous antics and good humor as an analyst on Inside the NBA. This past week, however, the basketball legend appears to have met his match in the notorious One Chip Challenge from Paqui.

The Carolina Reaper-laced chip has already done some people in, including a poor newscaster who vomited live on set as a result of tasting the chip. While Shaq didn’t fare as bad as that lady, his attempt, captured while filming the latest episode of Outside the NBA, ended in utter hilarity.

TNT played the clip in its entirety during the ending of Inside the NBA last night. While Shaq tried to resist the pain at first, he ultimately succumbed to it as all challengers do, and eventually ran off of the set like he was on a fastbreak.

Fellow analyst Kenny “The Jet” Smith kinda tried doing the challenge as well. During halftime of a game last night, he claimed to have placed a single Dorito on the spicy Paqui chip and eaten that to get an idea of how hot it was, and was “numb” by the time the segment ended.

Out of their whole crew, only Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley have yet to even attempt the One Chip Challenge, and Shaq told Chuck on-air that he would donate $50,000 to a charity of his choice if he ate the tortilla triangle from hell. Judging from Shaq’s reaction to the challenge, though, it’s doubtful that Sir Charles would even touch one of those chips in his lifetime.

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America’s Favorite Fast Food Brands Reimagined As NBA Greats

For sports fanatics, a lifetime can be spent debating the greatest athletes in history. Due to the world’s increasing obsession with food over the last few years, eaters have come to think of their favorite restaurants in a competitive sense, too.

With so much competition in the fast food industry especially, brands are competing on every level in an attempt to gain supremacy.

If fast food chains were NBA legends, which brands would make the starting lineup?

Based on a list of 27 major fast food chains in the United States and the greatest NBA players of all time, FOODBEAST Managing Editor Reach, Co-founder Elie, and I discussed our ideal fast food starting lineups during The Katchup Podcast.

Without looking at sales figures, or locations, here’s who made our squad.

Taco Bell — Steph Curry, Point Guard

Steph Curry Facebook/@VegasDining (Instagram)

Steph Curry recently became the NBA’s highest paid player ever after signing a $201 million contract. He is considered one of the league’s most talented shooters with the ability to score anywhere on the court. Some may even say he’s the greatest shooter of all time.

Like Curry, Taco Bell isn’t afraid to shoot. And as of late, The Bell has been doing a lot of shooting from long range — and scoring. Having developed cantinas and full-service weddings in Las Vegas, Taco Bell innovation has extended far beyond food.

Still, with current releases like the Naked Chicken Chips and the Naked Chicken Chalupa, it shows Taco Bell isn’t afraid to stand by items that don’t necessarily fit under the traditional Taco Bell umbrella.

Additionally, in 2016, after lowering sodium levels across the menu, it was reported that Taco Bell had become one of America’s healthiest fast food chains. In terms of, “fast food goals,” Taco Bell is leading the way.

Notable accolades: 2x NBA Champion, 2x Regular Season MVP


McDonald’s — Michael Jordan, Shooting Guard


Like it or not, the fast food industry wouldn’t be what it is today without McDonald’s. The same could be said about the game of basketball and Michael Jordan — who many consider to be the greatest basketball player of all time.

Let’s face it, considering its long standing reputation, the iconic golden arches logo and a 62-year history of serving billions of people around the globe, McDonald’s has to be THE role model for all fast food past and present.

Michael Jordan is the McDonald’s of basketball, the player that perfected a style so original, some of the greatest players — LeBron James, Kobe Bryant — have molded their games after him, from the way they wear their uniforms to how they play the game.

Additionally, like McDonald’s golden arches, the Air Jordan “Jumpman” logo, is a simple, yet highly recognizable logo around the world that has served billions of sneaker and fashion fanatics. McDonald’s may even be taking a page out of the Jumpman book now that it’s started bottling its Big Mac, Filet-O-Fish, and McChicken MacPoulet sauces.

Although some may say that the pinnacle of McDonald’s (and Jordan’s) hype has already run its course, both brands are still highly relevant, and have single-handedly become global models for success — characteristics that will probably not fade anytime soon.

Notable accolades: 6x NBA Champion, 5x Regular Season MVP, 6x NBA Finals MVP


Shake Shack — LeBron James, Small Forward

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Both versatile favorites, Shake Shack and LeBron James have plenty of similarities. James made his NBA debut in 2003, while Shake Shack was founded in 2004.

Shake Shack’s early hype made it comparable to In-N-Out, as the hype surrounding LBJ made him comparable to Kobe.

Despite a 3-5 record in the NBA Finals, there’s no arguing that LeBron is the best small forward to ever play the game, and his career is far from over. In terms of fast food, Shake Shack is still the new kid on the block, with plenty of time to prove its dominance. In fact, it’s only been on the West Coast for a year — and is already becoming a California favorite.

Touching back on the aspect of versatility, Shake Shack is more than just cheeseburgers and fries — as James is much more than just a small forward. Specializing in hot dogs, chicken, desserts — even serving alcohol — Shake Shake can do it all.

As for LBJ, his high basketball IQ enables him to play any position on the floor, while still maintaining his role as a leader and one of the game’s most influential players.

Ultimately, it makes sense that Shake Shack is the most versatile player in the fast food game.

Notable accolades: 3x NBA Champion, 3x Olympic Gold Medalist,  3x NBA Finals MVP, 4x Regular Season MVP


Chick-Fil-A — Tim Duncan, Power Forward


Despite serving fantastic fried chicken, Chick-Fil-A is a bit boring, yet it is known for being fundamentally sound. The same can be said for long time San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan.

Known as “The Big Fundamental,” Tim Duncan was one of the most conservative players on and off the court. Duncan was never in headlines with bad publicity, or spoke out of line when it came to interviews — but perhaps could have done more to improve his brand as a player.

Chick-Fil-A finds itself in the same quandary. Operating under a very conservative business model, if Chick-Fil-A functioned on the 7-day week, perhaps it could shed that conservative reputation and stand out in the crowd a bit more.

Notable accolades: 5x NBA Champion,  3x NBA Finals MVP, 2x Regular Season MVP


Starbucks Coffee — Shaquille O’Neal, Center

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If there is one fast food brand that dominates the competition, it’s Starbucks. No matter where you are, there’s a Starbucks location nearby.

The “Starbucks” name alone has become synonymous with coffee around the world — and that’s not going to change anytime soon.

If there’s one NBA player known for dominating the competition — it’s Shaquille O’Neal. Also known as The Big Aristotle, Shaq Diesel, and The Big Shaqtus, the 7′ 1″ center had enough nicknames for every drink on the Starbuck’s menu.

Shaq was known for his big, bold, in-your-face personality, along with his tendency to change teams — like Starbuck’s locations, Shaq played everywhere.

Notable accolades: 4x NBA Champion, 3x NBA Finals MVP, 12x All-Star,  1x Regular Season MVP




In-N-Out — Kobe Bryant, Shooting Guard (6th man)


In-N-Out has built a gold-plated legacy for itself on the West Coast. Still, regardless of where you live, there are people on the East or West Coast who consider In-N-Out to be the greatest fast food cheeseburger of all time.

Kobe could be the greatest basketball player of all time.

Thanks to his undying loyalty to the West Coast, five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant played 20 seasons wearing Los Angeles Laker purple and gold, and never took his career anywhere else.  Another reason the Kobe/In-N-Out analogy works is that In-N-Out has addressed it’s West Coast bias, and will never set up shop on the East Coast, in order to have flawless quality control.

Thank you In-N-Out and Kobe for the California love.

Notable accolades: 5x NBA Champion, 2x Olympic Gold Medalist, 2x NBA Finals MVP, 1x Regular Season MVP



Chipotle — Kevin Durant, Small Forward


When Chipotle first hit the market, everyone was excited to try this seemingly healthy and convenient form of Americanized Mexican food. However, Chipotle quickly became the enemy after their noro-virus outbreak, which it may never recover from.

Kevin Durant became the bad guy once he moved from the Oklahoma City Thunder, choosing the 73-9 Golden State Warriors, causing folks to turn on him in similar fashion to how consumers turned on Chipotle.


Subway —  Jason Kidd, Point Guard

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Subway was the poster child of healthy eating. However, as the businesses aged, its reputation became tarnished with bad publicity.

Subway’s decline started when news that their bread contained a chemical that was found in yoga mats. Things only got worse for the sandwich giant when its long time spokesperson, Jared Fogle, was convicted of sexually assaulting minors.  

Subway might never be the same.

Jason Kidd was one of the greatest point guards of all time, whose reputation was later tarnished with allegations of spousal abuse. A few years ago, Kidd was fined for purposely spilling ice on the floor, during a game no less, in an attempt to gain extra time. 


Sonic — Dennis Rodman, Power Forward

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Both Sonic and Dennis Rodman operate on a different level. 

Known as, “The Worm,” Rodman’s on-court antics were some of the most vibrant in the game. Usually found sporting multi-colored hair, painted fingernails, piercings, and tattoos, all of which helped the rebound king stand out in every way. Rodman’s fiery personality was encapsulated in his aggressive and freakish talent as a basketball player.

Considering Sonic’s “Drive-In” concept, a robust variety of different multi-colored slushes and its vast array of hot dogs, burgers, and fried chicken, Sonic can easily be considered the Rodman of the fast food industry — never afraid to do things differently.

It’s also no secret Rodman was the life of the party, The Los Angeles Times reported the Huntington Beach Police Department visited Rodman’s Beach house 80 times in the summer of 2004.



Domino’s Pizza — Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Point Guard

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Probably the best passer the game of basketball has ever seen, Magic Johnson perfected the “no-look” pass along with other one-of-a-kind methods of delivering the ball to his teammates, and is considered to be one of the greatest Lakers to ever sport the purple and gold.

It may not seem obvious, but considering the digital reach of Domino’s Pizza, it also might have perfected the art of dazzling and creative delivery, too. Over the past few years, Domino’s has digitalized their delivery methods, and provided customers with an ease of access to their favorite slice of pie, simply by sending an emoji.

Another game-changing innovation from Domino’s is the Pizza Tracker application. The Pizza Tracker is a platform that allows patrons to watch their order come to life, even allows customers choose a kitchen theme and name their own digital chef. Lately, it seems like Domino’s is a tech company, that just happens to make pizzas.

By increasing it’s digital platform to more than 50 percent of its business, Domino’s uprooted Pizza Hut as America’s favorite pizza company. Until Pizza Hut learns to play with the big boys, it’s stuck in the D-League.

Who do you think should make the squad?

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A Waitress Once Asked Shaq For A $4,000 Tip And He Paid It

Have you ever wondered how much celebrities tip their servers? We just got a glimpse into how generous Shaquille O’Neal is when it comes to gratuity.

Last week, the basketball legend and titular hero of the cinematic masterpiece Kazaam, appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote the new Shaq statue that unveiled outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles. During the interview, Shaq revealed that he was a pretty generous tipper.

The former NBA star and current owner of a Krispy Kreme franchise said that when he went to restaurants, he would tell his servers:

The quicker I get my order, the bigger your tip will be.

At the end of the service, he’d then ask how much his server wanted as a tip. One lady, he claimed, asked for $4,000. When Kimmel asks Shaq what his response to such absurd request, Shaq simply said he paid her $4,000.

Set down your pitchforks because the gesture didn’t go without appreciation. The grateful waitress burst into tears thanking the celebrity who pretty much paid two months of her rent.

What a nice guy.

Shaq also mentioned that he would tip his valet drivers about $300 too, at least on the days he has cash on him. Man, imagine what it must be like to be the Postmates driver delivering his orders.


Watch Shaquille O’Neal Use an Easy Bake Oven


Leave it to one of the largest NBA players of all time to do a cooking video with a teeny weeny Easy Bake Oven.

In a recent video collaboration with our friends at Mashable, Shaq attempts to showcase his baking skills in what looks like a giant interacting with a miniature play-set (not too far off from the truth).

It’s all in good fun and there’s a great message at the end of this ridiculous setup:


Shaquille O’Neal’s New ‘Luv Shaq’ Vodka Just Sounds Icky

Pardon my sixth grade mentality, but come on. I can’t be the only one thinking that a vodka line called “Luv Shaq” by Shaquille O’Neal just feels all 50 shades of uncomfortable. Please Shaq, keep your clear love liquids to yourself. Ew.

Scheduled to release early next year, “Luv Shaq” vodka, released in partnership with Devotion Vodka, is reported to be sugar-free, gluten-free (for boozing athletes) as well as coconut flavored. According to the New York Post, the bottle will also feature a super sexy image of O’Neal with giant wings.

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