Shaquille O’Neal is trying to prove that you can enjoy great food without the guilt and health concerns that come with eating meat. The NBA legend is doing his best to stay away from the bad stuff. He does have a secret spot where he can eat healthy and still feel like he’s getting away with something.

Shaq recently appeared with comedian Rip Micheals on “Urban Eats and Treats,” where he divulged his vegan secret. O’Neal said he wasn’t going fully vegan, but that he is trying his best to cut out the meat. Big Diesel gave props to his favorite spot in Atlanta during the segment.

“My friend introduced me to this place and it’s healthy. For example, I like cheeseburgers, right. But the way she cooks it, I can eat healthy, but still feel like I’m eating bad.

Whenever I want to cheat, I come over here and cheat.”


The pair chatted over a meatless meal at the “Slutty Vegan” in Atlanta. The episode comes from a new food and travel series from Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Studios. Micheals joins celeb friends to dine at their favorite spots in their hometowns.

Plenty of big names have appeared on the show already, but none as big in stature as Shaq. O’Neal is invested in several unhealthy fast food joints as an owner. For now, he’s leaving the greasy stuff up to his customers.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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