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Shaq Tells His Kids ‘You Gotta Get 3 Degrees to Touch the Cheese’

Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O’Neal offered some parenting advice while getting a pedicure on Wednesday’s Good Morning America. 

The retired basketball player might have a lot of money, but that does not mean his five children do. “My motto is ‘you have to get three degrees to touch some of my cheese,’” he told hosts Sara Haines and Michael Strahan.

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Shaq shared a hilarious story about when his son wanted to get a Mercedes-Benz car. “He’s a great kid, does great in school. I kinda set myself up for it,” he admitted. “So I said, ‘Son, you get all A’s you can get any car you want.’”

“I get a call from him and he said, ‘Dad, I’m at the Mercedes-Benz store, so I said, ‘Okay, I’m gonna take care of it but come to my office,’” Shaq continued.

“And when he got to my office, I said, ‘Son, I’m rich. We’re not rich,’” Shaq stated. “I said, ‘I know I said that, but you need to go to Chevrolet, Ford, or Mustang.”