Shaquille O’Neal shows the spirit of Thanksgiving by paying for the funeral of Shaniya Davis
November 26, 2009
Having everything you want and not having to want for anything must be nice. I know its the reason that I continue in the rat race, even though I would rather be at home on the couch. Sometimes, you see stories on the news and you feel motivated to help, or it touches you that something happened. Hey, it is part of the reason why we blog.
When you know the story is truly horrific, can be just the tonic for action. each person should try to do what they can. You don’t have to be a big baller to help, although if you are, you should do more. Shaq would qualify as a big baller. A lot of the things that Shaq or other celebrities/athletes do don’t get the press. We want the salacious details, the embarrassing gaffes that they make. For some, it makes them feel better about their own miserable life when they see someone else down in the dumps. This time, we want to celebrate people doing good, especially on Thanksgiving. Shaq showed how to be thankful for what you have…
Shaq pays for N.C. girl’s funeral
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Basketball star Shaquille O’Neal paid for the funeral of a 5-year-old North Carolina girl after being moved by national news coverage of the case of Shaniya Davis, who police say was kidnapped and killed.
The Cleveland Cavaliers player was touched by the stories he saw and got in touch with the family to see what he could do to help, a spokeswoman for O’Neal said Thursday.
More than 2,000 people attended the girl’s funeral Sunday. Her body was found Nov. 16 beside a rural road.
Her mother, Antionette Davis, who had reported the child missing six days earlier, is charged with human trafficking and child abuse involving prostitution. Mario McNeill is charged with murder, rape and kidnapping in the case.
“I was sitting at home watching it on the news and the story brought a tear to my eye,” O’Neal told The Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper.
Corey Breece, of Rogers and Breece Funeral Home, which handled the service, declined to tell the Fayetteville Observer newspaper how much it cost but added that a child’s funeral “averages around $4,500.”
A man who answered the phone at the funeral home Thursday told the AP that only the owner could comment and that he was away.
Shaniya Davis’ father, Bradley Lockhart, and his family had set up a trust fund in memory of Shaniya to help raise money to pay for the funeral. Lockhart was not available to talk Thursday, said a man who answered the phone at his home.
O’Neal is recovering from a shoulder injury that has sidelined him for six straight games since getting hurt Nov. 12 against Miami.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
Now all you have to do is get healthy and run the floor and not clog the lane. the people of Cleveland need you to help LBJ get it done, or at least be in the NBA Finals. It would be great for you to go against the Lakers and Kobe one more time. While I root for you as a person, I will be rooting against you if this matchup happens…