Shaquille O'Neal has always stated he's very protective of the people he loves, doing whatever he can to help those who need him. This goes to the next level when it comes to the women in his life. The Los Angeles Lakers legend has always made sure to take care of them, no matter what.
Recently, he revealed that his daughters can stay at home as long as they want, while the boys must leave once they turn 18. O'Neal has always been this way since it was what his father taught him and he vowed to protect his family.
He probably took it too far when he was married, as he didn't let ex-wife Shaunie work when they were together. Shaq reveals that he regrets having that mentality, but it was just his way of keeping his loved one protected and not worrying about anything material. Talking on The Big Podcast with Shaq, the 4x NBA champion said (via Essentially Sports):
“You have to let a woman be a woman coz I’m a king because of how my mother worked. I only want her to do one thing, stay fine. I was the type, ‘you don’t need to work, whatever you need I’ll give it to you’ because I’m like the King of England mentally.“
“I know now, it is a mistake. I’m so big on my people. If I can protect you by keeping you in a house, stay in house. What you working for how much you make in a year? 100,000? Here’s 300,000.“
Although this sounds like something cool, not everybody thinks the same. Shaq has made a lot of money during and after his career, but the rest of the people want to do their own thing and see what they can do or how far they can get without O'Neal helping them. Fortunately, it seems like he's learned his lesson now, and won't make the same mistakes if he ever gets married again.