Shaquille O’Neal is larger than life, and he proved that after making a big difference in the lives of a family that was struck by a tragedy. Shaq paid for a new living space for Allison Woods, a mother whose son Isaiah Payton was hospitalized after being shot by a stray bullet last August.
The bullet inflicted severe injuries to Isaiah, which unfortunately paralyzed him from the chest down. Isaiah wasn’t allowed to leave the hospital because their current home wasn’t equipped to handle his needs. The family was facing severe problems, but thankfully, Shaq heard about the story. Shaq decided to help the family by finding them a new home, and he decided to pay for the rent for the first year. In an interview for The A-Scene, Shaq said it’ important the family gets back on their feet as soon as possible.
“No mother should have to go [through] that. I was watching the story, and it’s just sad. It could have been any one of us. It could have been my son.”
The reason why Shaq decided to make an effort to help the family is that they were living in a one-bedroom apartment. Now he found them a new home in a better neighborhood. Shaq once again proved he is a great person who is willing to use his influence to help the ones in need, which is not the first he did something like this. Hopefully, Isaiah and his family will get back on their feet soon enough after this incident.