"Blessed To See Another 365"

Me’arah O’Neal is officially 17 years old! Shaq’s daughter took to Instagram on Monday (May 1) to commemorate her special day.


“National Meezy Day,” Me’arah shared. “Blessed to see another 365,” the teen exclaimed.

“Happy birthday beautiful,” Nischelle Turner shared. “Wishing you all the love and happiness your heart can handle,” the correspondent wrote in the comments section of Me’arah’s social media post. “Every day is your day,” another fan shared.

Me’arah is one of six kids Shaq fathers. The retired NBA player recently shared his rearing philosophy with which some strongly disagreed.

“My kids are older now,” Shaq told the press. “I tell them all the time, ‘We ain’t rich. I’m rich. No, you got to have a bachelor’s or master’s and then if you want me to invest in one of your companies, you would have to present it to me and I’ll let you know. I’m not giving you nothing (sic).’ The girls, I’ll take care of the girls, but the boys, they’re not getting nothing (sic).”

Some scrutinized Shaq for his perspective. The star athlete, however, has instilled the value of hard work in all of his kids. In fact, Me’arah recently told the press that she was “no special kid” just because her father is an NBA star.

“It was definitely something special,” Me’arah said of her younger years as the daughter of Shaq. “I learned not to hide it and just embrace it, and to make sure that everybody knows that I am just like that,” the young athlete continued. “I am no special kid or nothing,” Me’arah said. “It is just me.”

Many are looking forward to what Me’arah plans to do in the way of basketball. A few expect the young star to play professionally. Others are waiting patiently to see what career path Me’arah chooses.

Photo: Me’arah O’Neal/Instagram



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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