Shaquille O’Neal, Owner of a 70,000 sq ft Mansion, Was Inspired to Defy His Own Father As an Emotional Tribute to Him: “Never Be Satisfied”

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Behind every successful individual, there is always someone who cheers for them.

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For Shaquille, it was his mother and stepfather Phillip Arthur Harrison.

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Harrison was a retired US Army sergeant, so he was all about tough love and discipline. 

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In fact, his way of raising his son proved to be effective as Shaq went on to become an NBA star 

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who now has the capability to buy 70,000 square feet mansions despite coming from humble beginnings. 

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Shaq always referred to Harrison as his father, rather than step-father. On several occasions and events, O’Neal has credited Harrison for his success.

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During many episodes of Shaq’s podcast, he talked about his father, Sergeant Harrison, and the impact he had on his life.

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Shaq revealed that Harrison had once slapped him in front of a crowd and that had led the furious Shaq to play better.

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Similarly, in a podcast episode of Oprah’s Master Class, Shaq told how Harrison taught him to never settle.

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