O’Neal raised eyebrows in 2019 after he signed an endorsement deal with Papa John’s. There’s nothing unusual about athletes working with fast food franchises but this was different. The company’s founder, John Schattner, used racist language during a press conference the prior year.
Many people accused O’Neal of betraying his community and selling his soul to the highest bidder. They paid him roughly six million dollars so he’d probably believe in flat earth theories if they asked him to. It’s easy to judge these athletes from the outside but it still leaves a bad taste (via QSR).