In the event you have been ever hoping to see Shaquille O’Neal grace the Dancing With the Stars ballroom, don’t maintain your breath! The NBA legend has no intention of ever competing on the long-running ABC sequence.
“I can’t do it, yeah. I wouldn’t do it now,” the 48-year-old advised Us Weekly solely on Thursday, October 8, whereas selling American Specific’ Enterprise Class LIVE: Summit for Success. “I like being the innovator. If it was season 1, I’d do it. However I can’t do it in season 2 [or after].”
DWTS has seen many athletes compete on the present over the course of its 29-season run, together with season 3 champion Emmitt Smith and season 4 winner Apolo Anton Ohno. This yr, former NBA participant Charles Oakley competed alongside professional dancer Emma Slater.
Oakley, 56, and Slater, 31, have been the primary pair to be eradicated this season. Nonetheless, O’Neal had nothing however reward for Oakley’s efforts.
“I assumed his toes work was fairly good,” he stated. “He appeared actually good at one thing that they’d been wanting me to do for some time, however I don’t have sufficient self-discipline and braveness to do it.”
The previous Los Angeles Lakers star added, “[Charles] appears actually good. Now, he was at all times a man that stayed in form and it was actually good and his outfit and his hips are nonetheless working actually good.”
Final month, O’Neal threw his assist behind Oakley and Slater by asking his Instagram followers to vote for the pair. “You kno who to vote for @therealoak34 had some nice feetwork,” he wrote through Instagram on September 22, to which Slater responded via Twitter, “I’m about to faint over right here @SHAQ simply posted for @CharlesOakley34 on #DWTS Wow! Thanks Shaq!”
Although O’Neal has declared that he won’t ever be part of DWTS, he has proven off his dance abilities up to now. The New Jersey native posted a video of himself to Instagram in 2016 dancing to Kanye West’s “Fade” whereas in his undergarments.
As an alternative of DWTS, O’Neal’s thoughts has been centered on American Specific’ Enterprise Class LIVE: Summit for Success, which he’s set to take part in on October 20. On this digital occasion, entrepreneurs could have the chance to study enterprise and listen to the retired athlete talk about his personal progress in that discipline.
“Myself and American Specific, we wish to proceed to assist small companies. Small companies are the spine of the nation,” O’Neal advised Us. “Loads of African American individuals personal small companies, and due to what’s occurring [with COVID-19], lots of people are dropping all the things. So, we simply wanna present our assist.”
With reporting by Christina Garibaldi
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