NFTs (non-refundable tokens) have dominated the internet in 2021. Buyers can purchase exclusive content, as many of them are estimate to have value of thousands of dollars.
Many athletes, musicians, and other entertainers have dived into purchasing NFTs, and now, NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is the latest to do so. For him though, his latest NFTs are about giving back to communities.
Shaq Raises $2 Million For Charity Off Of His Own NFTs
According to TMZ, Shaq has raised $2 million for charity. This was done by selling several NFTs which include digital images of him. These were released earlier this month.
The proceeds of the NFTs are going to the Shaquille O’Neil Foundation. This organization was started in order to assist underserved youth in the US.
I present OG ROOKIE SHAQ!
Happy to support this fun fundraising NFT project by @SHAQ featuring 10k 1 of 1 SHAQ NFTs with proceeds going to help underprivileged youth. Grab your own Shaq for .03 eth floor: https://t.co/UalaqGJ6rI
HT @steveyphil92 pic.twitter.com/95WPtyiYW7
— H⭕DL 🐝 Thy Name (@HODLbeeThyName) December 28, 2021
Fans Loved The Different NFT Shaq Images
One of the fans went on to purchase a Shaq digital NFT, of him from his rookie year. He is pictured in a black and blue jersey, which are the Orlando Magic’s colors. Shaq was drafted by Orlando in 1992, and spent four seasons with the team, before signing with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996.
Another popular Shaq NFT image is him in a maroon and yellow jersey. He is also seen sporting a police officer hat in this image. This jersey that Shaq is sporting here, appears to be from his playing days with the Cleveland Cavaliers, from 2009-2010.
The Shaq NFT of him in a Lakers gold jersey is also gaining popularity. In this image, the NBA legend is pictured wearing sunglasses, while getting ready to eat a pizza.
Big Bite🍕#NFTs @SHAQ pic.twitter.com/UjPQ47Xwy8
— Pete (@petetwita) December 27, 2021
Shaq Recently Sold His Orlando Mansion
Shaq was also a Florida legend for a while, as he also had a massive home in Orlando. Since 2018 though, he’s been trying to sell this property.
In October, Shaq was finally able to get this home sold. It was initially listed fo $28 million, three years ago. The selling price has since gone down, since 2018. This home contains 12 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, four half baths, and even a 17-car garage.
Some of the impressive amenities of Shaq’s Orlando home includes a 95-foot long pool, a home theater with reclining seats, an aquarium room, cigar and wine bar, and a recording studio. Many remember that Shaq had a very successful rap career in the 1990s as well, where he scored multiple platinum albums. The Orlando home also features a massive basketball court, which features a 6,000 square-foot “Shaq Center.”
Benjamin Hillman of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty got together with Shaq, in helping the home finally get sold. It’s unclear what the final selling price ended up being, as well as who the new owners of the home are. Either way, they scored an amazing property in a beautiful city.