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“I want to become a sex symbol” — Shaquille O'Neal revealed his new goal post-basketball career

Shaq wants to lose 20 more pounds with a specific goal in mind - “to do an underwear ad with my sons.”
Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal has pursued many business-related ventures during and after his NBA career. From entertainment, music, restaurant, automobile, fitness, to nightclub industries. The Diesel has done it all but still believes he can branch out to more professional fields. In a recent appearance on the "IMPAULSIVE" podcast, O'Neal revealed his next goal is to become a sex symbol.

Shaq wants to be a sex symbol

O'Neal's desire to be a sex symbol started after he posted a mirror selfie of himself shirtless during a workout. He reiterated that the picture garnered a ton of engagement, which made him realize that he could perhaps utilize his body to inspire people. O'Neal mentioned that he could pursue this venture along with his journey toward losing more weight.

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"I want to become a sex symbol," O'Neal revealed. "I had a little 4-pack or something. I was looking at myself and I had that Charles Barkley retirement body. I didn't want my stomach to be over the belt anymore. And then that thing went viral so I have to live up to it. I was 401 pounds, now I'm 365, so I'm trying to take it back to 345. I want to have muscles everywhere and I want to do an underwear ad with my sons."

As surprising as this may seem, it looks like Shaq means well. He knows he's overweight, and kudos to him for working to be healthier and more fit. If being a sex symbol is what will help O'Neal achieve his goal, then, by all means, allow the big man to do what he wants. Maybe this new career venture of his might earn him thousands of dollars and inspire his followers as well.

Shaq's weight loss journey

Ironically, O'Neal developed into a superstar by putting on as much weight as possible. In 1999, the 4-time champion weighed 340 points, and by the time the Lakers clinched their third championship, the MVP weighed a whopping 380 pounds. It was only during the pandemic and after his career that Shaq realized that it was time to lose weight, so he started his fitness journey.

During the pandemic, O'Neal weighed 401 pounds (the heaviest ever in his life), which is why he's been working towards shedding some pounds in the past few months. He's currently at 365 pounds right now which is huge progress. With the goal to lose 20 more pounds in mind, let's see if O'Neal decides to use the 40 gym centers instead of the 155 burger joints he owns.

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