Shaquille O’Neal: NBA Legend's Stature Leaves Kenya President William Ruto In Awe, Video

Shaquille O’Neal: NBA Legend's Stature Leaves Kenya President William Ruto In Awe, Video

Robert Abong'o
May 21, 2024 at 10:17 AM
  • Kenyan President, William Ruto, met NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal during his visit to the US
  • Ruto was left amazed by O'Neal's towering height, as captured in a viral video from Atlanta
  • O'Neal is a basketball Hall of Famer and one of the most dominant stars in the NBA's history

Kenyan President, William Ruto, found himself in the shadow of an NBA legend - literally.

While touring Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday, May 21, Ruto had the opportunity to meet the towering figure of Shaquille O'Neal.

The basketball Hall of Famer, renowned for his dominating presence on the court, had a wholesome interaction with the president, showcasing the stark contrast in their statures.

Kenya President William Ruto met NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal during his US visit on Tuesday, May 21. Photo: The Star.
NBA legend, Shaquille O'Neal alongside Kenya President, William Ruto, his wife Rachel, and US Ambassador to Kenya, Meg Whitman in Atlanta, Georgia on May 21, 2024. Photo: The Star.
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As Ruto enthusiastically shook Shaq's hand and placed his own on the athlete's shoulder, the Kenyan leader appeared awed by the NBA icon's sheer height, as per Tuko. The president's gaze was fixed upward, a testament to the remarkable size difference between the two men.

Ruto, accompanied by his wife, Rachel, and U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, Meg Whitman, was in the United States on a four-day state visit. The encounter with Shaq took place during the president's visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta.

How did Shaq perform in his NBA career?

The 52-year-old is widely regarded as one of the most dominant players in NBA history. Over the course of his illustrious career, he amassed numerous accolades, including four championship rings and a Rookie of the Year award, as reported by StatMuse.

His towering presence and unstoppable play have cemented his legacy as one of the game's all-time greats.

The chance meeting between the Kenyan leader and the NBA legend has captured the imagination of fans and observers alike, with the viral video sparking a flurry of social media activity and commentary.

How many MVPs does Shaq have?

Sports Brief previously analysed Shaq's Most Valuable Player Awards throughout his illustrious career.

The NBA Hall of Famer turned television sport analyst has one NBA MVP award for the 1999/00 season.

Shaq averaged 29.7 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game, with a 57.4 field goal percentage.

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