In August, we discovered that solely 20% of NBA gamers had been registered to vote at the moment. Now, information of Shaq voting for the primary time this yr is hardly a shock.
In international locations like Australia, not going to vote is a penalizable offense. Most international locations don’t, nevertheless, implement voting upon their residents.
Maybe Shaq by no means felt the necessity to exit and affect voters by standing in line throughout earlier elections. Any approach you splice it, nevertheless, it’s hardly a shock that even a mannequin citizen like Shaq didn’t use his democratic rights earlier than this.
Why Shaquille O’Neal voted for the primary time this yr
Talking on his podcast ‘The Large Podcast with Shaq’, the Lakers legend admitted he’d by no means voted earlier than and to filling out an absentee poll.
“You already know I at all times like being sincere on my podcast. I’ve by no means voted earlier than, America,” O’Neal mentioned. “However, now I’m doing all these voting campaigns, and you understand one factor I by no means love to do is be a hypocrite.”
“In different phrases, America, I voted for the primary time, and it feels good,” he informed his co-hosts, who had been shocked by the admission.
After being pressed by co-host John Kincade, O’Neal defined that he “didn’t perceive the electoral faculty system.” He introduced up the 2016 election for instance. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton received the favored vote by a margin of three million, however nonetheless misplaced to Donald Trump.
Shaquille O’Neal Admits, ‘I Simply Voted For the First Time, Feels Good!’
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He mentioned he has “no excuse” for not voting earlier.
He has, nevertheless, campaigned for some officers in elections, corresponding to Atlanta’s district lawyer, Fani Willis. Shaq didn’t even vote for shut pal Barack Obama, who he sat alongside throughout Recreation 1 of this yr’s NBA Finals on the digital display screen.